One of the most famous houses in Rhyolite is Tom Kelly's bottle house. In 1905 Tom arrived to try his hand at mining for gold. He wanted to build a house in the Bullfrog Hills but the only source of lumber were Joshua trees, not suited for building with. So Tom found inspiration at the bottom of his beer bottle. He collected 50,000 bottles in less than six months, enough to build a three room house. Inside the walls were plastered and the bottles were stuck in mortar on the outside.
When the house was completed in 1906 Kelly was 80 years old and he decided not to live in this house. Since everybody thought this place was like a castle, Kelly decided to raffle off the house for $3 per ticket. The Bennet family won the house and lived in it until 1914. When Rhyolite died all but 20 people left the area. The house had a caretaker from 1936 to 1954. The final inhabitants were the Thompson family who lived there until 1969. The house is maintained by the local historical society.
Right down the road a few yards in the Goldwell Open Air Museum. I am the first to admit I do not understand most art and these even less than others.
In 1984 the Belgian artist, Albert Szukaiski built 12 life-sized figures patterned after "The Last Supper". They consist of empty flowing robes (made of fiberglass) and look like ghosts. Not sure what happened to the table.
Several pieces of art were destroyed in a wind storm in 2007. These remain.
A miner and his penguinSit Here
And I find this one very bizarre. Lady of the Desert - she is 20' tall and made of pink and yellow cinder blocks. Not sure who put up the frame (or maybe hallway) leading up to her.
This picture of her is taken from the Goldwell Museum website. She was created by Hugo Heyrman.