Bodie State Park

"Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.

Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost."

- “Bodie SHP.” CA State Parks, 2020, Accessed 6 June 2020.

RenRobot. “Bodie: Ghost Town.” YouTube, 2020, Accessed 6 June 2020.

Useful Links:

Bodie State Historic Park - California Department of Parks and Recreation

A History of Bodie, America's Most Notorious Ghost Town


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