Gold was first discovered in Goldfield in 1902 and it quickly became the largest town in Nevada. In 1906, 20,000 people called Goldfield home. Today its population hovers around 250. So, what happened between then and now? In 1923 a moonshine planted exploded and burned down just about every building in town. The mine dried, and the people jumped ship. Rumor has it, however, that a new mine will begin operating outside of town next year.
An estimated 5,000 people lived in the town of Rhyolite in 1907. Today, not so much. Gold was first discovered in the Rhyolite area in 1905 by Frank “Shorty” Harris and Ernest “Ed” Cross. Once word spread, the town boomed. Within two years, hotels, schools, and banks were built. Electricity, water lines, and telephones were installed. Sadly, Rhyolite crashed just as quickly as it rose. By 1920 the Rhyolite population dropped to zero. Here’s what’s left today.