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Bodie, a California Ghost Town

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Bodie is located in California, about 50mi (80.5km) south of Lake Tahoe in the Eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, at an elevation of 8375ft (2553m). Gold was discovered in 1859 and the first and largest gold mine, the Standard Mine, was registered in July 1861; there were ultimately about 30 gold mines in the area.

Bodie became a boom town in 1877; by 1879 the population increased to 10,000, making it the second largest city in California (behind San Francisco). Processing the gold ore involved using both cyanide and mercury; one of the earliest signs of mercury poisoning the miners experienced was loss of teeth and hair. They earned $4 a day for their twelve hour shift, so it's not surprising that sixty five of the 2000 buildings were saloons, and every other building along the mile long Main Street was a saloon.

In addition to bars were numerous brothels, gambling halls, and opium dens. It was a wild town, and rumored that there was a man killed almost every day. One little girl, whose family was moving to Bodie, wrote in her diary: "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie."

Bodie started to decline in 1882; the population dropped to 3000. It became a glost town about 1940, and there are about 200 structures still standing. In 1961 it became a State Historic Park and a National Historic Landmark.

For additional information: http://www.bodie.com/tl.asp
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/CA-Bodie.html
Swazey Hotel
Swazey Hotel
Bodie
Bodie
1927 Dodge
1927 Dodge
Calendar in Boone general store
Calendar in Boone general store
The Standard Mine
The Standard Mine
Taking a rest at the red building
Taking a rest at the red building
Bodie
Bodie
Wheel
Wheel
Organ in Methodist church
Organ in Methodist church
Jail and livery stable/blacksmith shop
Jail and livery stable/blacksmith shop
Hardware
Hardware
Graphophone
Graphophone
Old lamp
Old lamp
Window
Window
Methodist church
Methodist church
Equipment
Equipment
General store window
General store window
Steeple
Steeple
Head frame and steam hoist
Head frame and steam hoist
Gasoline pump
Gasoline pump
Mine tailings
Mine tailings
Shovel head
Shovel head
Leaning wall
Leaning wall
Grand Calico Ball, April 26, 1904
Grand Calico Ball, April 26, 1904
Shell sign
Shell sign
Bodie
Bodie
Bird contemplating alarm bell
Bird contemplating alarm bell
Bodie Hotel
Bodie Hotel
LaBelle Beauty Shop
LaBelle Beauty Shop
Buckboard and house
Buckboard and house
Tilting house
Tilting house
Machinery
Machinery
Bodie
Bodie
Typewriter in the Wheaton & Hollis Hotel
Typewriter in the Wheaton & Hollis Hotel
Wagons
Wagons
Boarded door
Boarded door
Standard Mine roof
Standard Mine roof
Halls safe
Halls safe
House and mine-tailings
House and mine-tailings
Old wagon
Old wagon
Cable
Cable
Dodge truck
Dodge truck
Tire detail
Tire detail
Bodie wall
Bodie wall
House
House
Machine door
Machine door
Two Bodie visitors
Two Bodie visitors
Standard Mine
Standard Mine
Almost falling
Almost falling
House
House
Air compressor and steam hoist
Air compressor and steam hoist
Wood siding
Wood siding
Machine date
Machine date
Boone general store
Boone general store
Engine timing
Engine timing
Window lace
Window lace
Doors
Doors
Mine tailings
Mine tailings
Post Office/Dechambeau hotel
Post Office/Dechambeau hotel
Jail
Jail
Wall boards and nail
Wall boards and nail
Bodie
Bodie
Steam vent
Steam vent
Houses
Houses
Unbroken
Unbroken
Bodie brick
Bodie brick