Bodie ghost town ruin. Fine art architectural photograph of a derelict building in the gold mining ghost town of Bodie, California. The façade is clad in rusty,recycled tin cans. Antique furnishings left behind in the abandoned building can be glimpsed through dirty window panes. If you look closely, you can see a pair of spectacles on the windowsill. Bodie Hills is located in the high desert of the eastern Sierras where people and structures had to be tough to survive the extremely harsh temperatures in summer and winter.
Gold was discovered in Bodie in 1859. By 1879 there were an estimated 10,000 people living in Bodie and 2,000 buildings, including 65 saloons. An estimated $100 million in gold bullion was extracted from the mines from 1876, when the Standard Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold-bearing ore, until the last mine closed in 1942, due to War Production Board order L-208, shutting down all nonessential gold mines in the United States. Bodie is now a California State Park, preserving the town in a state of arrested decay.