Illuminating The Past - Bodie
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Bodie State Historic Park, located in the eastern Sierra mountain range, is perhaps the most loved and photographed ghost town in the United States. Bodie got its birth as a mining camp after gold was discovered in 1859. This infamous gold mining town was noted for far more than its modest gold amounts in the hills. It was a rough and tumble western town with very low morals, lots of gambling, drinking and prostitution. As word spread regarding the find in 1876 of gold bearing ore by the Standard Company, this small gold town boomed and the population swelled to between 6,000 - 7,000 people and more than 2,000 buildings were erected to serve the expanding population. As history notes, Bodie fell prey to the residents moving on to other motherlodes in the neighboring areas of California and Nevada leaving a population of 698 in 1910. The mine closed in 1913 only to reopen briefly for another 3 years. Finally in 1915 Bodie was first labeled to be a "ghost town". The unusual feature of Bodie is the general store which still houses merchandise on its shelves, and peeking into windows provides a wonderful insight to Bodie's colorful, historical past. The doorway, which is the entryway to a small home is intriguing and most inviting, if you dare.
February 7th, 2013
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