Visited Bodie State Park this summer and after 13 miles on the dirt rutted road from heck arrived in a ghost town that was well worth the trip.
This area is so rich in history. I did not know this was the first place in California that got electricity!
Mono Lake was used to shuttle cargo and materials into and out of Bodie.
Taken from the Bodie State Park Website, a brief description…
“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.”*
The most magical moment for me is thinking about how many thousands of souls have travelled these same dirt roads for different purposes…work, trade, food, history, and just enjoying Bodie as it was…or is…
These images are from two different visits for me. The photos with clouds in the background were mid July and the clear skies were from Labor Day Weekend. If you know me, you know that my Lensbaby travelled with me for both trips!
Hope you enjoy the ghost town. Must say…the highlight of my visit on Labor Day Weekend was that the first 10 miles of the nastiest dirt road I have travelled on and not 4-wheeled on, is now paved:) I spent the entire time driving marveling at the wonderful access road to Bodie.
The Mill is a main staple still in this ghost town view of history.
Work Source in Bodie
Although the bulidings are so rich in history–I need to do more research to learn about who resided where and when…one of my favorite locations was this old deserted truck!
Need some gas!
Another view...non Lensbaby
This is my favorite view from that visit–the colors just seemed to celebrate this piece of history:)
Viewing in or out!
Want some water?
Just a view
Little Lensbaby Blur...
Think we will be back for another Bodie Blog…
The park hours are very strict, so be certain you have enough time for the road to get into the park to pay your nominal entrance fees and really explore.
A real treasure full of rich history that I will enjoy reading about before sharing more images in the near future:)
One last view via Lensbaby!
Little Historical Blur