Built in 1907, The Strozzi Home is an example of the style used
in the turn of the century. A one room 10' x 10' rock and adobe structure.
Photo Courtesy of BLM Tonopah
This is one of the first buildings you will see when you enter Rhyolite. It sits to the side of Main St. so you have to pay
attention or you'll miss it. But that's ok, we will gently guide you back there.
Mr. Strozzi worked at one of the warehouses further up in town, I never knew which one, why by 1907 we had railroad
yards, lumber yards, a bottle works, tin shops and warehouses of every description.
I remember one of the little girls that lived here, she always looked a little tired and worn out. One day I asked her if she was ill and she
replied that she just didn't get enough sleep. When the train came by at night it almost shook the house right off the
foundation and woke her up. The Tonopah Tidewater railroad grade is just 30 feet behind this house. One of her
favorite toys was a tea set her father had made her out of pennies. He would put the pennies on the railroad track
and wait for the train to run over them. Then he would finish pounding them out himself to make cups, saucers, just
everything needed to have a tea party.
Well, I remember one time the girls of the town wanted to have a tea party, but they couldn't find enough girls that wanted to come, so they dressed
up some of the boys in dresses and had their party anyway. (You know boys, offer them free food and they'll do anything!)
The old house sure doesn't look the same. When the people left they took wood flooring, roofs, support beams, just anything they could use to rebuild
elsewhere! (Oh I don't want to think about that, the death of a town is always sad.)
Well, let's hurry on now and see more of Rhyolite, lots of things to choose from. Just pick a button, any button will do. But remember, ghosts play
funny tricks so remember the back button if you get stuck.
THUMB NAILS OF OTHER BUILDINGS IN RHYOLITE (If you don't want to look at all the photos, just scroll to the bottom of the page.)