California Registered Historical Landmark no 341, Bodie Ghost Town, is located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains about 13 miles east of Highway 395. The first 10 miles off the 395 are paved but as the historical landmark sign comes into view, the paved road ends and there’s three miles of dirt ahead. Gold was discovered in 1859 by W. S. Bodey after whom the town was named. Once the most prosperous town of the Mono County area, Bodie’s mines produced gold worth more than 100 million dollars. Today there are about 100 structures still standing, some of which are open for viewing. The original owners left many belongings so visitors are able to imagine how the buildings were once furnished. Though the old mine and mill buildings are off limits entirely, they stand as a reminder of the boom times.
Tour Bodie Ghost Town Town:
To get more first hand info and see great pics check out Julia’s xplorer journal Bodie Ghost Town Relics of a Booming Wild West.
If you are a relative of a Bodie resident, the Resident Research Project would like to know as they are building a genealogy database to understand more of this unique town’s history.
Expeditions: October 2013
Continue exploring California’s wilderness with the XplorMor Team through expedition photographs and insights shared in Beaches and Sunsets, Central Coast & Big Sur, Death Valley, Fossil Falls, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Mono Lake, Sequoia National Park and the Ojai Valley.