"Bodie State Historic Park" Bodie by 807Wheaton

Bodie Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 106 photos

This is a genuine gold-mining ghost town

This town had a population of 10,000 people at one time. Today it looks much the same as it did over 50 years ago when the last residents left.
We finished up an afternoon there and when we left it was past sunset. As we were leaving, near the parking lot a park ranger had started a camp fire and was telling ghost stories about Bodie. The fire felt good because due to the elevation of 8375 feet it gets cold there, even in July.
There are no facilities at Bodie, but restrooms are located at the parking lot.

A state of "arrested decay"

Bodie was foumded by Waterman S. Bodie when a major gold discovery occured here. The buildings are repaired every now and then to keep them preserved.
When we looked at the schoolhouse the map on the wall was still hanging there. If I could have walked in there and instructed a class on geography the map would have worked quite well, as so many of the countries have returned to their pre-1940 state.

Bodie's Ghosts

Bodie State Historic Park is Northeast of Yosemite and South of Bridgeport. The last three miles are on an unsurfaced road. There are no stores there so take lots of film, and your own water.
It's pretty bleak there.

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  • Last visit to Bodie: Jun 1992
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Oct 28, 2005 at 12:43 PM

    Hi Marcia! Came across your page and noticed you've been to Bodie too. And you're currently ranked 627 and I'm 626 - small world! Penny


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