Bodie, The Ghost Town

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Every place in this world has a story… sometimes beautiful, sometimes sad, every abandoned place becomes a memory, a memory that will soon be forgotten if we do not try to keep it alive and discover more of its secrets.

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Bodie, Ghost Town 01

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Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town from the late 1800’s, located in the eastern slopes of the Sierra, close to the Nevada border. Due to an extremely wild climate, the forgotten city can be very very hot while summer and covered with snow in winter.

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Bodie Church

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Church

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Bodie Outhouse

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Bodie Streets

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Bodie Sagebrush

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Firehouse

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Its story began in 1859, when William S. Body (Bodey) found gold here. The mining camp grew slowly from 1860 to the mid-1870s, became a boom town in 1877 and by 1879, it had a population of about 10,000 with 2,000 buildings. Sadly, the boom was over in four short years and by 1882, Bodie fall into decline.

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Bodie buildings

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Bodie Building

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bigwagon

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At that time, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters and prostitutes. It seemd to be known more for its wild living than for its big gold resources.

There was entertainment for every taste: more than 65 saloons in town,’houses of ill repute’, gambling halls and opium dens. In 1932, after a big fire, almost the entire population finally left Bodie.

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Bodie House Interior

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Bodie Ghost Town 02

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Bodie Ghost Town 03

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Bodie Mercantile

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Bodie pantry

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Bodie Saloon

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Bodie Stables

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Bodie State Park

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Bodie Typewriter

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Bodie

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Today, there are about 200 structures buildings well preserved. Bodie became in 1962 a California State Park and is maintained in a state of “arrested decay”. Many people are interested in Bodie and schools touch on the subject of its history. Although, the ghost town looks almost the same as it did 50 years ago when the last residents left, the streets are quiet now. Only from time to time, the ghosts visit their abandoned houses in the memory of those days.
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Bodie Cemetry 01

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Bodie Cemetry 02

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Bodie Cemetry 03

Photo Courtesy: Mario Polterer, Debra Rostrom and Jon Sullivan

Sources: http://www.bodie.com/ – an extremely interesting website.

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Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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13 Responses to “Bodie, The Ghost Town”

  1. Wonderful photos Alexandra – where do you find them?

    🙂

  2. Some of them are from Bodie’s page.

    “Sources: http://www.bodie.com/ – an extremely interesting website.”

    (I usually ask for permission but this time I was so thrilled that I forgot this step. 😀 )

    I chose a few because I found them really interesting… but there are many many others . It’s worth visiting both, the website and the ghost town.

    And the biggest part of the pictures you see here are free pictures from http://www.public-domain-photos.com/ taken by Jon Sullivan.

    Enjoy 😉

  3. Very good

  4. Talk about the good old times. 8)

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  8. It’s a nice movie location I think..

  9. I am fascinated by ghost towns. Loved your photos and comments. Thanks for the great information. Wishing you happy adventures.

  10. It looks as if Bodie has lost its soul…

  11. old places such as these make me want a time machine to just see what happened before it was abandon! by the way im surprised that every thing is still there even the pool table. you know some of that stuff may be worth a ton somebody should save the town before its too late. it may already be….

    also listening to steve roaches song (birth of still places) wile looking at this is haunting

  12. you need to crack that safe! if there anything in it its well worth a lot now 10 or thousand depending on the condition

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