Friday, May 15, 2009

Artsy Ghost Town

The Cook Bank
The mercantile stand ready for a new owner to open it for business.
The railroad station is privately owned and is being restore.
The bottle house was restored in 1925 for a movie.
Shouldn't every ghost town have its own bike riding specter.
The Last Supper in the Nevada desert.
A miner and his penguin.
Art you can relax on.

On our return from Death Valley we came across a couple of unusual and interesting things in the ghost town of Rhyolite. Rhyolite, one of Nevada's last great gold rush towns, was founded in 1905 and saw its population soar to about 16,000 and then, after the gold quickly played out, drop to 611 by the 1910 census. This short lived city had a railroad station, stock exchange, electric street lights and many large buildings whose remains still stand today. One of the most unique buildings is the bottle house that was constructed of 51,000 bottles, most of which were Anheuser-Busch beer bottles. In the same area is the Goldwell Open Air Museum that started in 1984 with the creation of the ghostly sculpture of the Last Supper by Belgium artist Albert Szukalski. Since then, six additional works have been added to the site. Once again we find that you never really know what you will encounter on the road.

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