Abandoned Rhyolite – A Nevada Ghost Town – Near Beatty, Nevada


** Please note: This video was posted to YouTube in January 2011 and re-posted in August 2013 with different background music. **

Join us as we explore Rhyolite, a ghost town in Nevada. See the original train station and guess how may years the walls of the old bank building has left. Sing 100 bottles of beer on the wall as you count the number of bottles (beer, wine or hard liquor) in the recently restored bottle house.

This sequence was shot in January 2010 with a Canon Vixia HFS-100 and edited in Adobe Premier Pro CS6.

Music is “Clean Soul” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1300033.

And “Look Busy” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100172.

And “Royal Banana” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100091.

Well, we’re in rhyolite it’s a ghost town, just outside of Death Valley, we’re in Nevada now, and our light was an old mining town. What we’re looking at here is actually the railroad station yeah. We should have stopped him gotten more information about the town before we started filming, but we just got in a hurry, actually don’t know how the largest town, as a matter of fact, I dunno.

I think I think I read that was about 10,000 people lived up here, yeah, they had their railroad station and they had banks and a lot of substantial buildings up here. I think in the foreground is the bank building and there are schools and general stores and saloons. If you look real carefully, there’s a piece of glass all over on the ground, glass and pieces of metal and all the remnants of a town that was ten or twenty thousand people, probably turn-of-the-century 150 years ago, not sure if the glass is actually sparkling.

I think there are so many pieces of glass down here, probably from all the saloons that were here. Excuse me, there are 20 or 30 saloons back in the heyday old, tin cans, lots of tin cans, laying around pieces of glass and, of course, the buildings that did survive are the ones that were built out of cement and brick. But then again, some of those buildings are having a hard time surviving.

The bank building here lost a wall yeah, it doesn’t even look like timbers, and the rebar actually held this together, but then again once you lose the roof of a building. The whole buildings gonna crumble at some point in time, yeah, mother, nature’s just reclaiming mortar and steel and cement all going back to ashes and rock probably was quite a fantastic town up here, though, mining community rhyolite must be some type of mineral or something they were mining up here at one time I should have read up before, or I narrated I’ll give me something to talk about when, when we preview the video yeah, that’s a railroad station in the distance – and this is downtown well used to be downtown.

It’s now totally in ruin what a beautiful setting for a town those sitting up here on this bench overlooking the valley. This is the old schoolhouse. Another beautiful view of the valley towards the south looks like that used to be the second-story door, with a staircase coming down to the backside of the building kind of interesting building construction technique.

Here, it’s like they put it in the walls. The 2x4s to hold the wall covering in put the 2×4 is right in the cement. You can see that at every 1/2 opening – yes, the sign does say, do not enter this. Is the lower portion of the school? I can certainly see why they don’t want you underneath here is that floor. It could be falling down at any time.

Here we have a house, that’s made completely out of the bogus call it the bottle house, as you can see, there are millions of bottles cement in for each wall. Well, maybe not millions. It’s over exaggerating. I guess you got to wonder what it looks like inside bring in all the colors of the bottle glass into the inside of the structure.

So I wonder if all these bottles are soda bottles or beer bottles yeah since it’s a mining town, I would suspect that most of them would be beer bottles. Wouldn’t you look like besides the house that he built you got new houses, it’s like little churches? Little houses all with colorful total balls, maybe they’re from the bottles that died that he kept breaking. He used the bits and pieces for these little houses. You guess I’ll, never know.

Jason Smith

Former Marine, IT Guy & Builder of Websites.  I have 5 US states left to visit. I enjoy hot springs, adventures, hiking, photography, sci-fi, wine, coffee & whiskey.  I am fluent in sarcasm, name that tune, & speak in movie quotes.  I spend most of my time building websites, fixing computers, metal detecting, magnet fishing and gaming occasionally.

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