The second day of our trip we went to this ghost town of Ryolite.
old mining town
This is the Bottle house..read about the history here…very interesting..
The bottle house was built in the early 1900's by Tom Kelly. He used around 30,000 bottles, most of which once contained beer.
“It only took him 5 1/2 months to complete this house. Most of the bottles used were Adulphous Busch, (You know, it's known as Budweiser today!) anyway, there are a few patent medicine bottles that were used also.”
and more of the stuff collected from around town
Porter Brothers store…to the right.. The store's basement was big enough for the town's residents to hold dances and other social events Now it looks like a open air theatre…
The Cook Bank buildingThe Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad Depot
“The first train in Rhyolite was in December of 1906. The rails for the Las Vegas Tonopah Railroad had already been laid and were in use way before the Station was built. …….There were three railroad lines in Rhyolite, the next one was the Bullfrog Goldfield line that came in June of 1907. And the last one used the same tracks as the B & G and was called the Tonopah Tidewater. In fact, there were enough side tracks to have 100 cars just sitting there.”
Check out all the Movies filmed here
Venus of Nevada.
After this tour we took a drive thru some more amazing rock formations…
We really enjoyed Death Valley…and…I have lots more posts to come..
right now we are on our way to Quartzite after spending last night
in the Mohave Desert…
this morning we made music in the sand dunes…
I will post a video in a few days…