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Bodie State Historic Park


Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.


Jeannie Lawson

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
It was very cool and sad to see how people lived back then. They pretty much just left town and left their stuff behind. You can walk through some of the houses and other places like the schoolroom can be seen through the windows. The lesson was still on the chalkboard as well as books on the desks. It was a neat experience to see all of it. They also have a museum. They give you a map when you drive in.

Jim Minkel

Thursday, June 21, 2018
This State Park is a great place to go for some adventure and history. The road does turn to gravel part way in. Sin e this is an abandoned mine there are a of areas to be careful around due to underground mine shafts. Looking through the general store or the school room with pictures of the leaders of the world, think Stalin is cool. Lots of bars and such make it an interesting place. Weather is changeable and it can be cold and windy in the high altitude.

Evan Manning

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Pretty cool. We stopped to check Bodie out on a recent road trip. This place is cool but not amazing. The building seem old and look old but some are from the 30s so don't expect super old histroical buildings. The fact that most have been untouched for like 70 years to the coolest part. The grave yard is kind of lame as some of the grades feel very recent and I always feel odd looking at graves that feel kind of recent. They take credit cards at the entrance so no need to stop for cash. It can get busy so be prepared.

Olaf Moosmann

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Not worth the money for a open air museum. It is not a ghost town. 8$ entry fee and they charge additionally for tours. I think a tour costs 6$ additionally. You can’t enter most of the buildings. The windows of the buildings are very dirty. You almost can’t see inside. I have seen far better open air museums, which were cheaper and tours were included in the entry fee.

Sean Gillam

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
A beautiful little mining town. The stamp mill tour is the best thing but only has three times: (10:00,1:00,2:00). It’s quite cool even during the summer months compared to the surrounding areas. If you have time it is worth the stop.

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