Bodie, a ghost town in California

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Bodie, California
Bodie, a ghost town in California - A photo of my 2 Siberian Huskies taken at Bodie in 2002. Sadly, both have now deceased. (but we have 2 new puppies)
Bodie, a ghost town in California - A man dressed as a cowboy and his brother-in-law as a gentleman. They are just tourists!
Bodie, a ghost town in California - An old truck at the gas station in Bodie. (no, you can not get gasoline for your car there!)
Bodie, a ghost town in California - A wagon went by when I was standing in the streets of Bodie in 2005.
Bodie, a ghost town in California - A view to show how big the place is, of course not everything is shown in this photo.

Bodie, a ghost town in California Reviews

seb84 seb84
3 reviews
Spectacular old western town in the middle of nowhere May 13, 2011
Driving down the highway from reno to Lee Vining you will pass by the Bodie State Park. If you're already scared of so few cars and wide landscapes on the highway then you'll be even more scared when turning on the road to Bodie. This road is right in the middle of nowhere, it's just you and the mountains surrounding you. It's about 9 miles on a very bumpy asphalt road, then you'll reach a sign warning you of the next 3 miles on very rough conditions: it's just gravel and stones, so drive carefully.

after about 5 minutes you will reach a gate with some cars parking in front. You'll have to leave your car here and go on by foot, it's another 2 miles, i guess. When I was visiting in May there was still a lot of snow lying on the road so make sure you have the right footwear. Don't be scared of this walk, you will have a spectacular view on the ghost town after some hills. The town itself is in a pretty good condition for this rough climatic conditions and absolutely worth seen.

Anyhow, I would recommend to do this travel at least with two person, or even better: with two cars. I don't want to know what happens when having an accident in this rural area...
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portia portia
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Jul 11, 2006
Bodie, a once gold mining town in the Sierras of northern California, is now a California state historical park and a national historical site. When I first heard of it, I dismissed it as something boring and for tourists. However, I changed my mind once I actually went there. I have been there several times now, unfortunately none in the winter, where the snow makes it a completely different place, and it is only accessible via snowmobiles then.

Bodie is a "misspelling" of the name Bodey, for William Bodey who discovered gold here in August 1859, but who died in a snowstorm a few months later that same year! The "Bunker Hill Mine", later called "Standard mine" in Bodie produced a rich ore of gold in 1864, and in 1867 the gold boom officially began with the company "Standard Mining Co" declaring dividend of $1/share. Coach service, mail, and a newspaper were also started in 1867. The company struck it rich in 1868 when their stock soared from 0.5 to $50 almost overnight. They even had 7 barbershops in 1879, when the population grew into the 10000's, brick buildings were built, banks opened. Railroads were built, trains arrived in 1881, and electricity was provided in 1910. However, fire destroyed much of Bodie later, and people started moving away, by the 1930's, even the post office moved away. Eventually it became a ghost town where nobody lives.

Today Bodie is a photographers' paradise. It is very well photographed by many professional photographers. It is a very large ghost town, with a lot to see (and photograph). Even for someone who is not all that interested in American westerns, gold mining etc., it is a fancinating place with a lot of history It is the best preserved real gold-mining ghost town in California. Even though only a small part of the town remains today, it is still very large, and can take you a good 2-3 hours to walk around and look at everything. The buildings and interiors are in a state of "arrested decay", and looked pretty much like it did when it was abandoned by its last resident about in the mid 1900's. At its peak, Bodie had a population of about 10000 people. When you visit, you will be amazed at how that many people can live in the middle of nowhere.

Re-enactments of various historical events happen at Bodie. People also dress their parts even if they are not part of the enactment. Going to Bodie brings you back a hundred years to see what it was like to be in the wild wild west in America gold rush time.
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A wagon went by when I was standin…
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