Rhyolite Nevada Ghost Town

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Linchpin, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Linchpin

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    I would change the title but I don't know how. This will be Nevada Ghost Towns from here on out so I can just keep adding to this thread.

    First ride:
    Rhyolite
    Second ride:
    Rhyolite (again) and Belmont

    First ride: Rhyolite, Nevada Ghost Town

    I wanted to do a short day trip on my weekend and settled on a trip up to Rhyolite, NV. Rhyolite is a ghost town with plenty of free standing structures and a cemetery to get some good pictures.

    I called up my parents and asked if they wanted to meet in Beatty and have lunch then run over to Rhyolite with me. They agreed so it was set.
    Got out of the house around 10:30 Tuesday, stopped to top off the tank and hit the 95 north. It is only about 110 miles from my house to Beatty so no stops were needed on the way up. Just got in the zone, leaned into the wind and made it to Beatty before noon.

    Pulled in and parked at the Stagecoach Casino. My folks were not there yet so I sauntered inside to try my hand at a little video poker. Played for half an hour before they showed up, just about even from when I had started.
    Off we went to the restaurant and had a nice lunch and talk. (Sorry no pics of the food but not a bad place to eat if you are in Beatty). Finished up and headed back to the floor to play a little slots while our food settled. I lost all my cash so it was time to go over to Rhyolite.


    Rhyolite is only about 6 miles from Beatty on highway 374. My parents saw some wild burros on the way there. I missed ‘em. Beatty is known for its burro races so no surprise there were some out today.


    A sign points the way to Rhyolite to the north of highway 374. The main drag is paved all the way through town up to the old train depot. First stop was at the Goldwell Open Air Museum. There are some art installations here including the robed figures. One is called “Ghost Rider” and the other is “The Last Supper”. Both by Albert Szukalski. He used folks from Beatty to help create them by draping burlap over them and covering with plaster.
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    The folks:

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    Up the road a little farther and you see some old houses that have long been abandoned.

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    Then on the right there is the famous bottle house which was renovated in 2005. It took almost 30,000 bottles to complete way back in 1905.
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    Other buildings that are still standing are
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    The Porter Brothers store


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    The old train station/casino.


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    My father used to know the woman who owned the station back in the 60’s. He said Mrs. Heisler was married to a minister who would not sell alcohol but Mrs. Heisler would keep a few bottles hidden away for the customers.


    This caboose used to be part of the gas station in Rhyolite.
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    Here are a few shots of the cemetery.

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    Bessie Moffat was a local for many years and someone my father and mother also knew. She helped with the renovation of the bottle house and lived to the ripe age of 105 years.
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    Rhyolite from the cemetery.
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    After that is a short ride back to Beatty to gas up and get something to drink. Said goodbye to the folks and pointed it home.

    Planning on getting to a few more ghost towns in the next few months. I have been to Candelaria before and would like to make it back there to explore some more.
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  2. Mrs. MeanStreaker

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    Okay, I am officially hooked on ride reports. I love seeing things I would not otherwise see. Thanks for the great pics.
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  3. Osadabwa

    Osadabwa Don't be Surprised

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    Love the desert! Great pics of the bank. :thumb
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  4. Ladybug0048

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    Thanks for showing us some interesting things.
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  5. GB

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    Now that's something we don't see here often! Thanks for posting :thumb
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Tell us some more stories, I know you've got some from your parents. :deal

    I've been there many times..gonna have to find the cemetary next time.

    I sure would like to see inside the old train station. If I hit the lotto I'm gonna give the BLM a check to restore it and make it the visitor center that they keep talking about.


    I bet your parents know Randy Johnston...come awn, gimme some more tales.

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  7. FugueinD

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    I can't wait to tool over there with you while I'm there. Unless you find someplace new you want to check out. Only about a week and a half. I'm excited! :freaky
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  8. Linchpin

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    A co-worker told me that when he was up there, there were some BLM guys there that took them in the train station and showed them around. Wish I had been there for that. He said it was really cool to see. He also found some old mine tunnels there that I didn't see. Guess I will try to find them next time.
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  9. usgser

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    Great pics. Too bad about the chain link fences though. Kinda waters down the whole historic thing.
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  10. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    That would be cool to restore the casino/ train station and live in part of it.:D
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  11. hajime

    hajime Been here awhile

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    Very Cool. I always wanted to check Rhyolite out, but every time I pass by I'm driving a cage to work at some mine. Never would have expected the ghost figures. And you actually had decent food in Beatty! Wow.
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  12. Des

    Des Been here awhile

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    Cool pics, we went to Rhyolite & Death Valley last time we went to Vegas, in a car though. Great day out, the best day of the holiday! Those pics bring it all back....
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  13. Linchpin

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    If you keep your expectations low it is hard to disappoint. :nod
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  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Nevada is full of interesting little places. Last month we trailered a couple bikes from Phoenix to Seattle. Took 93 all the way to the Snake River in ID. Two little mining towns struck me; Pioche and Caliente.
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    :clap
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  16. Linchpin

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    I am just going to add this to my old thread since it is more ghost town and Nevada stuff.
    My brother flew into town on Thursday morning for a few days of riding and gambling. Nothing big planned. A quick trip up to Tonopah to see the folks then back along the Extraterrestrial HWY. He wanted to stop in Ryholite since reading my report from a few weeks ago.
    Left out kind of early on Friday. Filled the bikes and got on US-95 north.

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    Stopped in Beatty again for lunch. We both had the club sandwich. :dg

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    Then it was over to Rhyolite to walk around.
    Bikes at the casino/train depot.
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    Mine tunnel. No flashlight and versys wouldn't fit so we didn't go in. You can't really tell from the picture but the entrance was really short. I guess this is where the children worked.

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    Rhyolite from the mine tunnel.

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    The museum was open today so we went in and talked with the man running it. Found out some more about the art projects out there.
    Some info on the ghosts.

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    Going back to Beatty to fill up.
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    More later.
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  17. Linchpin

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    Alright where did I end?
    On the way back to Beatty. Filled up at the gas station, grabbed a couple drinks and got back on the road. Easy riding and great weather with almost no wind and cooling off a lot as we got near Goldfield.

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    Stopped for a short break and smoke and then back on to Tonopah. Got to the parents house around 5 which is the longest it has ever taken me to go 200 miles. Had a nice visit and some home cooked mom food.

    The next day we got up early and took the folks to breakfast. We were planning on heading up to Candelaria that morning but decided to go over to Belmont instead. They call this a ghost town but there are still some people living there.

    So the ride was nice with great weather again. Head over on US 6 to NV 376 north. Then the sign for Belmont which is NV 82. There was no one out on the highway this morning so stopped to take a quick picture in the middle of the road.

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    Nevada can be great for the solitude. Central Nevada is a great place to get away from everyone. There are highways that you might not see another vehicle for 100 miles. :nod

    Belmont is a small town with some nice older mine shacks and a very nice courthouse. Can't find any information about how many people are living there now but I would put it at under 100.

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    Nothing was open this morning but we did find out that Dirty Dick's Saloon is for sale.
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    Not a bad place for $181,000. Though except for locals it might be hard to drum up business. And with my 5th grade sense of humor I think the name is fucking great. :poser

    Parked the bikes and just wandered around town a little. Some pics:
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    The courthouse could use a little fixing up. It would make a great house with plenty of room to work on motorcycles.

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    My brother checking out a new 1hp ride.
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    Belmont cemetery.

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    We left Belmont and headed back to Tonopah to fill up before turning towards the Extraterrestrail HWY and Alamo. Didn't take too many more pics. Had to get one of this sign.


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    Filled up again in Alamo and hit the road. It got dark on us so no more pictures after that. It was a good ride and a long time coming. Me and my brother haven't ridden anywhere to together in a long time and since I do most trips solo it was pretty cool. This is also the first time in years that I haven't had an mp3 player or discman playing. Just me and my thoughts. Maybe that is why I stopped more often too. I can't listen to myself for too long. :confused
    For more info on Belmont check out:
    http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nv/belmont.html


    And if anyone buys Dirty Dick's let me know. I will come up for a beer.

    Not sure where I will go next. Cold weather is coming so will have to stay south for awhile. Any one have some ideas?
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  18. FugueinD

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    I bought Dirty Dick's! Kidding, I am so full of :topes. I wish I could buy it and just ride all day and drink all night.

    So, it wouldn't be warm, but go to Monument Valley. Remember when I took that trip after high school? That place was the bee's knees after dark, very cool.
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