Rhyolite used to be an ordinary mining camp. When the gold was discovered nearby and the mining activities began, a real city was built, and with utmost care. By 1907 (only three years from the foundation) , the city had electric lights and water mains. A school, churches, a hospital, a stock exchange building and even an opera house and a public swimming pool were built. The town also had its telephone lines, newspaper and a railway station. However, the good years were not to last – the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the financial crisis of 1907 took its toll. The town and nearby mines lost most of its funding, and people left the place in search for better conditions and new jobs. The last resident of the town died in 1924 – it was only twenty years after the town had been built. Nowadays the town is a popular tourist destination as there are a few buildings to admire. There is a railway station and the Bottle House (built out of 50,000 beer and liquor bottles) , after renovation. Walking around the place, you can sense the atmosphere of once a glorious town, built in the middle of nowhere. You can only admire tho people who had built the houses and called it home. Anyway, on a hot day, leaving the town does not seem such a bad idea either.
Hotels and camps can be found in the nearby Beatty or in Furnace Creek in the Death Valley National Park.