This Nevada Ghost Town Is The Bottle House Capital Of The World

Rhyolite is a ghost town located in Nye County, approximately 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Founded in 1905 as a mining camp after gold was discovered in Bullfrog Hills, Rhyolite declined nearly as quickly as it rose, and by 1920 the town was well on its way to becoming the ghost town it is today. During its heyday, local Tom Kelly constructed a bottle house that became the talk of the town. Since then, two other bottle houses—and a number of smaller ones—sprang up in Rhyolite. They still stand today.

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