Rhyolite Ghost Town, NV
Once you've torn yourself away from the odd sculptures just south of town, you can explore the crumbling ruins of Rhyolite itself. Above is the town's old bank.
With only a few exceptions, Rhyolite's ruins are barrier-free, so visitors can climb through windows and scale over the crumbling concrete.
Nightfall proved to be a great time for photography in Rhyolite, but it wasn't quite as spectacular as I had hoped. The reason? A hillside to the west of the ruins blocked a potentially spectacular sunset.
Here's another look at Rhyolite's old Cook Bank Building. Death Valley's Chamber of Commerce considers it one of the most photographed ruins in the country.
Part of the movie The Island (Release: Summer 2005) was filmed in Rhyolite. In the background of one scene in the movie's trailer, you can clearly see the Cook Bank Building. Also, if you're a fan of the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, you'll notice some of Rhyolite's buildings in the show open.
Here's another of Rhyolite's more intact structures.
Rhyolite's caretaker, and I, recommend Rhyolitesite.com, a highly detailed website that thoroughly covers Rhyolite's history. It's chock-full of old photos that show the buildings in the town's heyday, and also includes updates on efforts to rehabilitate and preserve Rhyolite's artifacts.
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