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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Sep 23, 20
Edited on:Sep 23, 20
 
Postmark: Feb 4, 1908
Origin: Rhyolite, Nevada, UNITED STATES
Destination: Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

1907 2c carmine on amber postal entire (U412) with "Rhyolite, Nev. Feb. 4, 1908" Doremus machine cancel, to Los Angeles, Cal. The Rhyolite post office was established in 1905 and closed in 1919.

Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County, Nevada. It is in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern boundary of Death Valley National Park. The town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners and service providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. Many settled in Rhyolite, which lay in a sheltered desert basin near the region's biggest producer, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine. Rhyolite had a peak population of between 3,500 and 5,000 in 1907–08.

Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production fell. By the end of 1910, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite's population dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.

Owner's ID: 2358
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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