I stayed in Beatty, NV while visiting Death Valley. Beatty is around 40 miles from Furnace Creek and is considerably cheaper in terms of accommodation than lodging inside the national park.
Near Beatty lies the ghost town of Rhyolite, which was established in 1905 to support the mining efforts during the Gold rush at the time. It peaked around 1907 with an opera house, railroad, school and a stock exchange. By 1911, the town was closed due to decreasing mining output and the displacement of the workers who occupied the town.
Today, it is a ghost town perfect for those interested in photography and ghost matters!
It even houses the Goldwell Open Air Museum which features artwork made a few Belgian artists and is astounding as you could see in the photos below!