Sure, there are inherent dangers with old crumbling buildings in ghost towns. Floors (wood, concrete, or stone) collapse, stairs crumb, and walls may fall. Yet an element of adventure, and potentially better photographs, is absent when fences are erected in the name of safety. I do suppose in our highly litigious society, if the government is overseeing a property, and Rhyolite is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management, they would like to avoid potential high cost lawsuits. So while tilted wooden shacks are allowed for the public to enter, crumbling concrete and brick structure are not. From photographs of long ago, these fences were not in place.
To counter the lack of access, additional time is needed to work variations of the compositions available. Unfortunately, weather and daylight were not exactly in my favor with an approaching storm and sunset quickly approaching. If it was not for the approaching storm which brought with it 40-50 mph winds and chain-controls along the most direct route home, I would have considered camping a night near Rhyolite or the town of Beatty. Perhaps in the spring, I will road trip through the Nevada towns of Tonopah and Goldfield before exploring the Rhyolite a little more closely.
Location Notes: The Goldwell Open Air Museum is located on a spur road between the main highway and the road leading to Rhyolite. A rehabiltated red barn serves as a private studio for artists and, for a period of time, the location of its artist-in-residency program. The red barn is also location in the ghost town of Bullfrog, where the first big discovery of gold ore occured. The town name is potentially attributed to the green colored ore in the area or for the mine owner’s fondness for bullfrogs. In 1905, advertisement in the Los Angeles Herald pitches the investment value of buying lots in Bullfrog, NV.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm, f/14, 1/6 sec
Rhyolite (NV), Shadowed Bank Ruins, Clouds. Rhyolite, NV. November 26, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.