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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.


moe maddox

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
The most amazing place! It's like you go back in time but not in a reenactment type way. There are no people in hoop skirts and corsets (well maybe, but only of the paranormal kind) trying desperately to speak with a twang. It's EMPTY. It's also not cheesed up with snack bars and ice cream shops, so you may want to pack a snack and drinks because it's a fairly long run up that hill. It really IS a ghost town left as it has been but thoughtfully repaired as needed over the years. There are old beds and chairs and kitchen utensils in the homes, desks in the school, pews in the church. You can freely enter some buildings, others you may only stand in the open door and still others where you can peek in the windows. It's hauntingly beautiful with the wind whistling through town. If you find yourself in the area or even at that end of Yosemite it really is worth taking an extra day to check it out. I know it had been closed for earthquake damages right before we visited so it's important to check the website just in case, also check the road conditions in winter because the surrounding highways regularly close for winter. I think everyone should see Bodie at least once because there is nothing like it anywhere, and frankly it can't last forever and then it will truly be gone. TIP: do a little research before you go so you have an idea of the story of Bodie and, of course the curse!

Laura Peters

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Bodie State Historic Park is one of my favorite places in California. Do yourself a favor and drive all the way up Highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra. I'll cover the sights and towns in other reviews and get back to Bodie now. Walking through Bodie, a ghost town suspended in time, you can well imagine what life was like for its inhabitants. Brutally hot summers and freezing cold winters. Every time I go I take dozens of photos that I treasure. Walk or drive up to the cemetery because the views of the town are excellent.

danelle garrison

Monday, March 5, 2018
This is an honest to goodness ghost town well worth the drive on its own or as a detour on a longer trip. Occasionally the road will be open in winter, but if it is don't expect any amenities! The museum and the restrooms are closed in the winter and no guided tours are offered, but it's still a fantastic experience! You'll get the most out of your visit spring through fall.

John Boylan

Thursday, April 12, 2018
This place is WAY cool! Make sure you bring food and water with you as they do not sell any in the park. It's a real throughback in time and DEFINITELY a great side trip off Hwy 395!

Ken M

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Been wanting to check this place out for a few years now and finally got around to it. Very cool place to stop for a few hours, especially if you're on your way to Mammoth from just anywhere in Northern California. There were no events and the store was closed but that I suspect was due to the timing we had upon arrival or perhaps the season. Either way, definitely a nice place to visit. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and make sure you have water along with! High desert is no joke!

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