Bodie, California

The day we spent at Bodie, California was absolutely amazing!

On the way to Bodie from Bridgeport we had an unexpected encounter with a few strays.DSCN09492014-10-15 16.34.52DSCN0952 DSCN0953 - cropped Be prepared!  The last three miles are wash board gravel. DSCN0960 This was the first view we had of Bodie.

Bodie is a California gold mining ghost town.  It is named after Waterman S. Body, who discovered gold nearby in 1859.  Bodie was mainly a small camp through the 1860s and early 1870s, home to only a few families.  However, a the discovery of a rich body of gold ore in 1876 and another in 1878 caused major growth and by the end of 1878 Bodie was a town of 600 to 800 buildings with a population of about 10,000 in 1880.

The gold mining boom was short, 1878 – 1882 and by the mid-1880s Bodie’s population was 1,500 to 2,000.  By 1890 the population was 700 – 1,000 people.

A few gold mines remained active to 1914, but were closed during World War I.  They restarted operations after the war and mining ceased permanently in the late 1950s.

A fire in 1932, started by a young boy playing with matches, burned 70 percent of the town.

Today, only about 5% of the buildings remain, a California State Historical Park maintained in a state of “arrested decay.”

Most of the houses contain furniture and belongings the people left behind.  When they left, the people only packed what would fit on one wagon or truck and simply left the rest behind.  And now enjoy the photos!

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DSCN1003 2014-10-15 12.19.34 2014-10-15 12.20.28  The Firehouse DSCN1012 2014-10-15 12.22.05 2014-10-15 12.22.55 DSCN1016 DSCN1017 DSCN1019 2014-10-15 12.24.14 2014-10-15 12.31.37 2014-10-15 12.32.12 DSCN1027 DSCN1028DSCN1030 DSCN1031 2014-10-15 12.33.24 DSCN1037The Bodie School DSCN1054 DSCN1060 DSCN1067 2014-10-15 13.15.59 2014-10-15 13.17.58 DSCN1098 2014-10-15 13.57.44DSCN1111 DSCN1110 DSCN1108 2014-10-15 13.59.27DSCN1116 DSCN1120Some historic discoveries were made in Bodie. 2014-10-15 12.43.49 Definitely an excellent day!

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