A Trip to the Bodie, California Ghostown

The “wild west” gold rush town of Bodie, California is said to be one of the best preserved ghost towns of all times.
W.S. Bodie (W.S. because his first name isn’t really known) discovered gold here in 1859 but the town didn’t really become a “boomtown” until 1875 when a large body of gold ore was found and the population skyrocketed to over 7,000. From 1877-1881 things were really lively here with as many as 65 saloons along the mile long Main Street and about 2,000 buildings in the town but as soon as the gold ran out so did all of the people. The town population dropped 41% by 1890 and Bodie was labeled as a “ghost town” in 1915. By 1942 only 3 people were left.
About $100 million dollars in gold was mined from Bodie, California.
Bodie, California 1890Click to see full view…
Bodie is located about 172 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada and about 468 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and getting there is not easy but well worth the trip!
To get to Bodie you have to drive 13 miles East on State highway 270 just off of U.S. Highway 395 (between Bridgeport, CA and Mono Lake, CA). *The last 3 miles is a winding, rough, and unpaved dirt road.
The park is technically open all year long but because of its 8379 foot elevation for all practical purposes summertime is the best time to visit. Summer hours are 9am-6pm (April 15th to October 31st).

Entrance to Bodie, CaliforniaClick to see full view… Bodie Intersection of Green and Fuller StreetsClick to see full view…
Plaque at Parking LotClick to see full view… Methodist Church on Fuller StreetClick to see full view…
Inside the Methodist ChurchClick to see full view… David Victor Cain HouseClick to see full view…
Dan McDonald HouseClick to see full view… Charles Donnelly HouseClick to see full view…
James S. Cain HouseClick to see full view… Tom Miller HouseClick to see full view…
Miller FireplaceClick to see full view… Miller BedroomClick to see full view…
Miller BedroomClick to see full view… Miller KitchenClick to see full view…
Miller Living RoomClick to see full view… View Towards Chinatown AreaClick to see full view…
Ore Cars and Standard Stamp MillClick to see full view… Union Street Road To Standard Stamp MillClick to see full view…
Standard Stamp MillClick to see full view… Mine Lift EquipmentClick to see full view…
View Towards Main Street of BodieClick to see full view… Another View Towards Main StreetClick to see full view…
Sam Leon Saloon and BarbershopClick to see full view… Inside of Leon BarbershopClick to see full view…
Inside of Leon SaloonClick to see full view… Bodie FirehouseClick to see full view…
Harvey Boone Store and WarehouseClick to see full view… Inside Boone StoreClick to see full view…
Goods on Shelves Boone StoreClick to see full view… Center of Boone StoreClick to see full view…
More Goods on Boone Store ShelvesClick to see full view… Inside of Boone WarehouseClick to see full view…
1927 Dodge Truck/ Wheaton Building in BackgroundClick to see full view… Wheaton Hollis Hotel SaloonClick to see full view…
DeChambeau Hotel and I.O.O.F BuildingClick to see full view… Inside the DeChambeau HotelClick to see full view…
Gym Inside I.O.O.F. HallClick to see full view… View Down Green Street Towards SchoolhouseClick to see full view…
Inside Eli and Lottie Johl House on Main StreetClick to see full view… Another View of Green Street, BodieClick to see full view…
Leaving Bodie, Mono Lake in DistanceClick to see full view…

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