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It's been said that the only people who made money from the Gold Rush were the merchants who sold stuff to the miners. The same was probably true in Rhyolite, though the Montgomery Shoshone Mine Company did OK for a couple of years. But eventually even the stores fail and their buildings crumble. This photo is triply laden with symbolism: the ends of the day, the building, and my wonderful trip to Death Valley.
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