Rhyolite, Graveyard of Dreams: Aurora By those Who Saw It
Aurora By Those Who Saw It
"Aurora, almost forgotten save by those who neighbor it, though it was once the mining sensation of the West, municipality of some few thousand inhabitants." 
“The people of the district applied to the California legislature for a new county, Mono, saving a large portion of the citizens from being victims of anarchy or still worse, of being subjected to the hated and oppressive laws of Utah." 
“Aurora, within 8 months of the day of white men seeing [it] became the seat of government of a new county by a state which had no jurisdiction.”
When the county seat left the people left too. "Sixteen million in production, a very shallow mine."