Death Valley - Old Cars

Near Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley is a “graveyard” of old cars and trucks. The rusty remains of a variety of vehicles make for some interesting images.

Rhyolite, Nevada

The “ghost town” of Rhyolite in Nevada (just east of Death Valley) was established in 1904. At its peak of mining activity the population had grown to over 10,000. However, like most of the old western mining towns, it had gone bust and was mostly abandoned by 1916. There is very little left of any wooden structures, but portions of those made of concrete or stone still stand.

I find old cemeteries fascinating places to visit, especially in more remote areas where few if any people still live.  The Bullfrog-Rhyolite Cemetery just south of the main town, is one of my favorites. I’ve been there a couple of times. Some of the stone grave markers are in good condition, but many are simple wood markers with the names long gone.

Leadfield – Death Valley

On a one-way dirt road winding through the Grapevine Mountains on the eastern side of Death Valley is what remains of the Leadfield ghost town. Established as a mining town in 1926, 300 people came to make their fortune… it was abandoned 6 months later.