In June 2014, we took a little family trip to Bodie California and visited one of the most incredible California parks, Bodie State Historic Park. Bodie, CA is an authentic wild west ghost town. The park is officially in the “state of arrested decay.”
Some Quick Bodie California Ghost Town Facts
- Bodie California was founded in 1876 after gold ore was discovered.
- Bodie Historic State Park elevation is 8,379 feet.
- The town was named after W.S. Body.
- Bodie once had a population of 10,000 people.
- At one time, Bodie had 65 saloons!
- Bodie had four volunteer fire departments!
- Bodie had a jail, post office, Chinatown, firehouse, mortuary, sawmill, butcher shop, and red-light district.
- In 1890 Bodie was California’s 2nd or 3rd largest city.
- Over $75,000,000 in gold was taken out of the Bodie Butte.
- There are about 100 structures that remain standing.
- More than 200,000 people a year visit Bodie.
- Bodie is approximately 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe.
- The town nearest to Bodie is Bridgeport, CA.
- Find out about Bodie events on their Facebook page.
- Bodie CA weather here.
- Some of the houses are still lived in by park staff.
Bodie Ghost Town Directions
Bodie is located in Mono County, California, near the California and Nevada state line near Hwy 270. Bodie is in the middle of nowhere. Even though we live in California, we came in from the Nevada side when we visited.
Why Was Bodie Ghost Town Abandoned?
Bodie was a boomtown. Gold was discovered, which drew people to the area, hoping to get rich quickly. When mining profits dropped, the miners moved onto the next place they thought they could get rich working.
The last working mine was shut down in 1942 as part of World War II. The War Production Board ordered all non-essential gold mines to be closed. When the war was over, mining did not resume.
Bodie California Ghost Town Pictures
One of the things I love about visiting Bodie California is visitors are free to walk around the town and peek into all the buildings. We spent four or five hours walking around this ghost town. All of the interior pictures were taken through windows.
Here’s a Bodie house. What’s so cool about this ghost town is most of the homes all still have furniture in them. It’s like the owners woke up one day and just left.
I love this house below! As you can see, the owners kept adding on and adding on. If my memory serves me correctly, this house was one of the only ones with an outhouse attached to it in the back of the house.
The red-headed girl walking towards the back of the house is my daughter #3. 😀
Interior view of one of the Bodie, CA houses.
Here’s another interior.
In the interior photo below, there are still jackets hanging on hooks.
Here’s a baby’s bedroom.
Here’s a small bedroom. It looks like they had used some cloth as wallpaper.
I believe these scales were used to weigh gold.
Bodie Ghost Town California Schoolhouse
Below is the old Bodie schoolhouse. The two looking inside are my daughter #2, and my son.
I took this picture below of the schoolhouse globe. It was sitting near the window.
Interior photo of the schoolhouse. Notice the writing on the chalkboard and the student desks with books. A wood stove is in the center of the classroom.
Bodie the Ghost Town Saloon
Below is the interior of a saloon. It looks like the center of the room has been braced up.
Here’s the interior of another saloon. Check out how ornate the woodstove is. Does anyone want to play pool? Look at the legs of the pool table. How cool is that?
The picture below is the interior of a hotel room at the big hotel.
I believe this is the kitchen of the big hotel. Can you imagine having a refrigerator like that?
Of course, I had to include at least one picture of the interior of an outhouse. Note how small the center hole is. I am guessing the urinal must have been added later?
Barbershop at Bodie Ghost Town
Here’s the barbershop.
Church at Bodie Historic State Park
This is the inside of the church.
General Store Interior – Bodie Ghost Town
Below is an interior picture of the General Store. Look at how fantastic the ceiling is.
This is the other side of the General Store.
This is the automotive shop, which is attached to the General Store.
Here’s an interior shot of the mortuary.
Here’s an old documentary from the 1950s on Bodie California – Bodie Ghost Town.
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