Rhyolite is a strange ghost town in Nevada, It was a boom mining town, but unlike others it was also a modern town. Built with reinforced concrete construction, plumbing, electricity, and two railroads, it’s almost all gone now. Part of the reason was they built the town on an alluvial fan that was prone to flash floods in the rare occasion of precipitation, things got swept away.
Rhyolite Nevada Near Highway 95
© David “Bodie” Bailey

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  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot! Congratulations on your feature in “History”! We would love to have this in The Best of RedBubble.

    You’d think a bunch of miners would know better than to build on an alluvial fan.

  • Thanks, I guess they were more concerned the gold and who worries about rain in the desert, tough luck.

    – BodieBailey

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

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