Bodie is an original mining town from the late 1800’s. What’s left today stands in a state of “arrested decay” and is maintained by the California State Parks System, who took over the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.
In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world. At one time there was reported to be 65 saloons in town. Among the saloons were numerous brothels and ‘houses of ill repute’, gambling halls and opium dens – an entertainment outlet for everyone.
It feels like people lived in the town and after a while the they just disappeared, without packing up their things, fixing the house or doing the dishes. It’s looks like they didn’t took nothing with them when they left.
Today, even though Bodie is 13 mile long road off of State Highway 395, it’s amazing how many people are aware of this once glorious town. Visit Bodie and learn more about this place
Bodie is located just north of Mono Lake off of Hwy 395. Bodie road is paved the first 10 miles, the remaining 3 miles is a well maintained dirt road and is accessible by car.
For more information on Bodie Ghost Town check out their website and brochure.