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“A true Wild West gold mining ghost town”

Bodie State Historic Park
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Owner description: One of the best preserved ghost towns.
Irvine, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“A true Wild West gold mining ghost town”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you're in the area or passing by, do make the effort to stop in and see this amazing ghost town. Be sure not to take anything with you from Bodie...the binder full of stories about the curse are creepy but convincing. ;-)

Visited September 2012
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Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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“This place is seriously spooky and completely excellent”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

We spent 17 days touring Nevada and California and this was one of the real highlights of our trip. Situated North of Mono Lake and a good few miles along a pretty rough road (I wouldn't take a low sports hire car up there to be honest) it is well worth the drive.

Basically, whoever is responsible for preserving this place deserves a Sheriff's badge. A shiny gold one at that. They've done a brilliant job - there's no tacky souvenir shops that I could see and it really is like going back in time. It's like people just walked out of their houses and left everything. Some houses and shacks are open, others you have to tantalisingly squint through windows. The contents are amazing.

I'm a semi-pro photogrpaher and was in my element - I must have reeled off a whole card of shots. It was impossible not to.

Only 10% of the town remains high up - about 12,000 ft up - in the mountains and the guide leaflet did a great job of explaining it's history and painted pictures of lawlessness, prostitution, chinese laundries, opium smoking, drinking and all sorts of carrying on. It must have bene harsh on the inhabitants though, especially in the deep winter snow.

I cannot recommend this place enough. Allow at least 2-3 hours there as it is absolutely fascinating. Go. Go. Go to this Ghost town.

I'll upload some shots when I get time to sort through the hundreds.

Visited September 2012
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BONANZA
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208 reviews
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“A Town Suspended in Time”
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.

Visited July 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Gold Rush Ghost Town”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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“Preserving Bodie is a great idea”
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.

Visited September 2012
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