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“A Town Suspended in Time”

Bodie State Historic Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the best preserved ghost towns.
Reviewed December 20, 2012

If you like ghost towns, old mining companies, antiques or just plain old history, this is is place for you. There are a lot of old building still standing and well worth the time to check them out. You can take a guided tour of the old mine and the buildings around it. It adds some great history to your trip.

No food here so please bring your own. In the summer it can be hot, but I really enjoy the hotter weather.

If you are doing photography and want to get shots inside the building (through the windows only) please bring a lens that will accommodate the lower light.

Plan on spending all day. It is worth the time.

Thank LYNN J
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Step back 150 years in time as you walk through the remains of the town of Bodie. Originally founded in 1859, the boom town had a population of 10,000 by 1879. Only about 5% of the original buildings remain but they are now maintained in their state of decay. Two access roads can get you there, both are unpaved for the last stretch. Route 270 is paved for 10 miles and unpaved the last three miles into the town. Very rocky and not recommended for your family sedan. Route 167 to Cottonwood Canyon Road is a smoother, straighter approach, but unpaved for a longer stretch. A more tolerable ride in a passenger car. Museum is only open during the May to October timeframe but the town is open all year if you can get there (no snow removal). Some buildings are open to the public. You have free access throughout the property and can view all buildings interiors through the windows. Be sure to visit the cemetery and boot hill. There are 69 observation posts marking buildings and remains for your walking tour.

1  Thank LenKinSanJose
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Bodie is well worth the drive. The road in is paved except for the last three miles, which adds to the adventure.

Be sure to pick up the booklet that has maps of the town and text about what is known about the individual buildings. There's plenty to see peeking in windows. Visualizing the town with 10,000 residents is mind-boggling.

Park staff are available to answer questions and there are guided walking tours, but we chose to wander.

As a geologist, places like this are a treat. I would have liked to see the geology explained, with the bedrock types identified with signage on the hillside near the mill buidings.

1  Thank rondi3
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Visiting relatived in CA - we decided on a Yosemite Tour.
Someone suggested - that when you are in that area - you should see BODIE - never even heard of it.
But so we did - and what an expirience.
For a European - it was a VERY STRANGE feeling walking the streets of this ghost town, and imagining that more that 10.000 people lived there not THAT many years ago!
A VERY good decision from the authorities NOT to 'restore' the site, but to maintain it just the way it is.
If anyway near - DO NOT MISS BODIE

Thank erikdk9940
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The Bodie, CA State Historical Park and ghost town is an interesting and unusual place to visit. It is unusual in that there is no work done by the CA State Park Service which fixes or repairs anything on site. The only thing they are allowed to do, according to one of the Rangers, is prop up a building should it appear to be falling. The population of Bodie was close to 10,000 when the mines were active. There are only a handful of people who still reside in the town. Bodie is about 95 miles north and east of Bishop on Hwy 395. There are a number of hotels and RV Parks to stay in Bishop. Best time to visit is spring and fall, but check temperatures first because of the altitude. It's good exercise to walk the roads and paths around Bodie. For more pictures you may contact me using the link below.

2  Thank wantquality
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