Now-and-Then Dept: The beautiful train station at present-day ghost town Rhyolite, Nevada. Top (uncredited) photo in its heyday, or maybe slightly later, when Rhyolite was a stop along the Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad. Bottom photo taken November 24, 2006 by Gedstrom, from Wikipedia. The building is currently surrounded by chain link fencing.
An earlier couple of entries covered my visit to Rhyolite, Nevada a couple of years ago. Today’s news necessitates a return. The Rhyolite Mercantile, seen in the top view in a 2009 photo by Pascal Bovet on Flickr, was apparently struck by lightning over the weekend, and is shown in flames in the second photo, taken on September 20, 2014 by Mark Holloway. The Beatty, Nevada fire department arrived on the scene too late to save the historic building which had sat vacant for the better part of 100 years.