Delhi, April 2 -- Let me tell you the story of a ghost town, nestled at the doorstep of the Death Valley in Nye County, Nevada. Now, remember, this isn't the kind of ghost town you and I have heard of. If you are thinking along the lines of Bhangarh, think again. You see, independent India never had a gold rush quite like they did in the Wild West. And, today, I'd like to take you on a journey through the ghastly remnants of those short-lived boomtowns. More specifically, I'm talking about a little town-a stone's throw from Beatty-in the middle of the Mojave Desert: Rhyolite.

The year was 1904. Shorty Harris was on his way back from prospecting a mountain when he found an outcropping of rock, composed mostly of rhyolite and quartz. Now h...