William Bodie discovered gold here in 1859 and a mill constructed in 1861. By 1880 10,000 people lived in Bodie. It had 2000 buildings and 65 saloons. By 1914 the Standard Mill closed. A fire destroyed much of the town in 1932. Some mining continued until 1942 when WWII efforts made gold mining illegal. The town was looted and vandelized until it became a state park in 1962 when there were still 170 buildings. Today the state keeps Bodie’s 110 structures in a ‘state of arrested decay’. Bodie is closed in the winter due to snowfall.

  • JB Bergmann

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    Rating: 5 / 5

    Bodie is an all time favorite. The king of all the ghost towns without a doubt. We have been back several times and love the mill tour. Well worth the long drive!

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