While visiting Death Valley I also made stop at the ghost town of Rhyolite. It is located near the eastern edge of the national park. At its heyday Rhyolite had by some estimates a population of up to 5,000 during the gold rush in the early 20th century. However, once the ores were exhausted the population quickly dropped to zero again by 1920.
This photo is a long exposure shot of the John S. Cook & Company Bank building. It was completed and opened for business in January 1908. The reported cost of the building is $90,000. The safe’s inside vault weighed 6,600 pounds and could hold a million dollars in coin.
Rhyolite is an intriguing place and I would highly recommend a stop if you’re in the vicinity.