Saturday, January 27, 2007


I'd never been to California or Nevada before the beginning of the month. And while I'll shy away from those reflections of the world's fifth largest economy, for now, I will state one thing about about Nevada. There are a lot of bored people there. Evidence - every road sign we crossed had been pock-marked by buckshot and the shoulders are paved with a menagerie of broken bottles.
Rhyolite served as a mining town at the beginning of the last century. The town bloomed to about 10,000 around 1905, and by 1910 it was a memory. The mines bore less fruit than were hoped, the people packed up and moved on. Few houses remain. Oddly one new house existed, with paint and furniture that was held ransome by the hope of housing a tour guide for this region of decaying shelter.

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