Death Valley leads the mind to conjure up images of a desolate desert with scarce resources. However, in the late 19th century and the early 20th century there were a handful of vibrant mining towns nearby, such as Rhyolite, Nevada; Aurora, Nevada; and Calico, California, that briefly flourished until the mines closed. With the loss of the mines these towns quickly became ghost towns.
The featured digital collection for October 2014 features USU's Death Valley Region Photo Collection. This small collection of black and white photographs was taken mainly in the late 1920s by "Shorty" Harris or one of his associates. Featuring buildings, a hearse, a gravestone, and other scenes from the ghost towns of Rhyolite, Aurora, and Calico, the Death Valley Region Photograph Collection consists of eleven gelatin silver printing-out paper prints.