Bodie became a mining boom town in 1877. By 1879 Bodie was the 2nd-largest town in California, with a population of about 10,000, and was second to none for wickedness, badmen, and "the worst climate out of doors". One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary: "Good-bye God, I'm going to Bodie." The town declined nearly as fast as it boomed. Two fires, one in 1892 and the other in 1932, ravaged the business district. Bodie faded into a ghost town during the 1940's and became a State Historic Park in 1962, managed in a state of arrested decay. Today, even with less than 10% of the town standing, Bodie is still the largest ghost town in the western U.S. What remains looks much the same as it did over 50 years ago, when the last residents left.
A most wonderful visable essay of an enjoyable journey back in time. For me, never seen inside photos which really tell the story of that bygone time, where thankfully, the state stepped in and stopped the pilfering of the now treasures of the abandoned mining town of Bodie, a place dear to my heart. Thank you kindly for sharing this photo essay!
Amazing images! The site of an old America town lost to time and relatively untouched.
These are the places I hope to one day see for myself.
Thanks, Brian. Bodie is a photographer's treasure trove, especially with access to the inside of buildings (requires workshop registration), as I had here.
Amazing set of photos! The wagon and the interior shots are awesome.
Thanks, Susan, for your kind comments. Bodie is well worth a visit.
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