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