Rhyolite is a ghost town where gold was discovered on August 4, 1904. After the discovery a gold rush soon followed. The town had electricity and its population may have reached 10,000 people. However, the Panic of 1907 is believed to have dealt a death blow to the town. Production began to slow down by 1908 and the mine and mill were closed in 1911. By 1910 only an estimated 675 people remained in Rhyolite. The lights and power were turned off in 1916.
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