Rhyolite Mercantile, a ghost store of a ghost town

Though it looks like a cinematic scenery, it’s absolutely real. “Rhyolite Mercantile’ was a general store of a flourishing town called Rhyolite (Nevada, USA).

Rhyolite Mercantile, a ghost store of a ghost town

Rhyolite Mercantile, a ghost store of a ghost town

Founded around 1905 during the gold rush, Rhyolite reached its peak in 1907-1908. Looking at this deserted place, it’s almost impossible to imagine that this town was once brimming over with life, had electricity, telephony, newspapers, even an opera house, and was a home for nearly 5,000 people.

Rhyolite Mercantile, a ghost store for sale

Rhyolite Mercantile, a ghost store for sale

The gold rush, which has decided on its birth, decided also on its death: after the exhaustion of the main ore, people began to leave the town, and just 15 years after its birth Rhyolite became what it is today: a ghost town near the Death Valley.

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