The Ghost Town of Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park was once a booming mining town… somewhat typical of the way the westerns depict them; in addition to miners and families, there were saloons, gunslingers, and houses of ill repute. Gunfights in the streets were not uncommon, and it sounds as though they kept the morticians busy. It’s not hard to imagine how life might have been while strolling through this place, because so much was left where it lay when the people moved on.

I was no less intrigued on my second visit here. Walking through the town, looking through the windows, imagining…

I’ll share a couple links about Bodie at the bottom of this post, but I don’t think there’s a better way to share this place than letting the images speak for themselves. So here ya go…

[Disclaimer;  most of the interior images are shot through glass… mostly very old and dirty glass, with the exception of some in the museum.)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Methodist Church

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Raven atop the Methodist Church

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

John checking out autos and machinery left behind

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Building (back of Dechambeau Hotel and IOOF Hall?)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Old wheel and whet stone

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Firman’s coat and speed bag

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Mail?

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Old truck

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Inside the morgue

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

I’m guessing… ink well and pen holder in the morgue office

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Caskets in the morgue

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Swazey Hotel… really… SWAY-zee 🙂

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Old wagon

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Boone Store and Warehouse

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Boone Store and Warehouse

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Boone Store and Warehouse

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Home interior

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Interior

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Firehouse (note- two big fires tore through this town destroying many of the buildings

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

In vogue? (Inside the museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Children’s entertainment in the day…

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Hearse and stage backdrop (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Automatic mouse trap (so the sign said) (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Graphophone, kerosine light projector, gams… (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Another hearse… (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Glass bottles (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Glass bottles (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Safety fuze for dynamite (museum)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Pool Hall

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Bodie Hotel

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Swazey Hotel with Main and Green St buildings in background

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Schoolhouse

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Schoolhouse interior

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Outhouse (it gets to -20 degrees here!)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Interior

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Kitchen

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

The mining buildings

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

The mines (off-limits for safety reasons)

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Pressed copper exterior, we’re guessing it’s recycled from somewhere

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Once a decorative door

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

The show decay of roughly 100 years

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Bodie Bank ruins

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Bank safe

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Moyle Warehouse ruins

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

The jail

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Kirkwood house?

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Once a well appointed house… note the wood trim

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Pretty sure that’s an eagle wing hanging there… why?

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

J.S. Cain residence

 

Ghost Town of Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, California, USA

Someone’s kitchen

I’m all the more intrigued after posting these images, as I looked even closer at the details and tried to guess at some of the items, and the lives of the people back then.

I’ve visited numerous ghost towns during my travels, and none are as vast and well preserved as Bodie. If you ever find yourselves on the eastern side of the Sierra’s, it’s an absolute “must see” place worth adding to your route!

Check out these three links for more history on the place, or to plan your trip!

Bodie- Wikipedia  

Bodie.com

Bodie State Historic Park

2 thoughts on “The Ghost Town of Bodie

  1. I was completely captivated by these images. Your ability to tell a story through the lens of life is uncanny. Somewhere in my old record collection is an old album set from Kenny Rogers and the First Edition called, Calico Silver, about an old Ghost Town in California. Scanning these images brought back those songs from yesteryear.

    • I’ll have to look for that song Richard! Thanks for sharing. And thank you as always, for the nice comments. Keeping up with the sharing is not an easy task, and I often wonder why I worry about doing so. And then I get notes like this as a reminder. The capturing is only half the fun. Not sharing is like having a profound thought that’s never verbalized. It means nothing to anyone but me. So… thank you.

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