|odie was named after Warterman S. Bodey, who, along with Black Taylor,
discovered gold there in 1859. By 1879, Bodie boasted a population of about
ten thousand and was second to none for wickedness, bad men, and “the
worst climate out of doors.”
with regularity, killings sometimes became daily
events. The fire bell, which tolled the ages of the deceased when as they were
buried, rang often. Robberies, stage holdups, and street fights provided
variety to the townspeople, while the 65 in-town saloons offered many
relaxation after a hard day’s work in the mines.
esignated a state historic
park in 1962, it is now maintained in a state of “arrested
Bodie stands just as time, fire, and the elements left it — a genuine
California gold mining ghost town. Recently,
Bodie was been designated
Official Gold Rush Ghost Town by the state legislature.
easy to reach Bodie
Bridgeport Inn, head south on US Highway 395. After traveling seven
south, follow the signs east about 13 miles to Bodie State Park. If
you're more adventureous, you can take the Masonic Mine Road off Highway
182 and follow it about 14 miles over some beautiful backcountry dirt roads
ven more information about
history is available online. You can visit Bodie
If you want to involved in helping to restore Bodie, visit Bodie Foundation . Call the park rangers
at (760) 647-6445.