Camp of Confidence

The Bottle House in Rhyolite, Nevada, 1920s

Called the "camp of confidence" and full of "rainbow chasers" by others. [1]

After Shorty Harris and Ed Cross' discovery of the red speckled rock that looked a bit like the back of a bull frog (which gave the Bullfrog district its name) dozens of miners flocked to Rhyolite. [2] The town grew so quickly due to stocks in the mines selling rapidly and adding to the excitement and fervor concerning the town. 

“By 1907 this thriving town of only two years had 6000 hustling inhabitants and possessed a modern telephone exchange, three water companies, three ice plants, electric street lights, board of trade, hotels with private baths, three railroads, four bands, dozens of saloons, opera house, symphony orchestra, four competing newspapers and two locally printed magazines. Block after block of substantial wood and stone structures had been built and wide smooth streets were lined with comfortable and commodious homes. A modern city developed before any of its highly touted mines had begun to operate in the black.” [3]

[1] Harold and Lucile Weight Rhyolite: Death Valley’s Ghost City of Golden Dreams (Calico Press, 29 Palms Arizona 1953). 17; 15
[2] Betsy Ritter, Life in the Ghost City of Rhyolite, Nevada (Terra Bella News, Terra Bella CA Sagebrush Press; 1939). 5
 [3] Stanley W. Paher, Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps (Nowell-North Books, Berkley CA 1970). 317