Bodie Ca. a Ghost town page 1

The town reflected in the window of the restaurant

To help, the old truck is part of the reflection, and the sign is on the wall inside the building


HISTORY- (from the book" Wild Splendors of California" )

In 1859 Waterman S. Body and Black Taylor came upon what was to become one of the richest gold discoveries the west had ever known. A town named Bodey soon sprang up in this high desert valley . The spelling of the name of the town was later changed to "Bodie" to avoid mispronunciation. Bodey himself never enjoyed the fruits of his discovery. He froze to death while attempting to bring supplies back to town during his first winter there.

In 1877 the Standard Mining Company made an extremely rich gold and silver strike, and the boom was on. In its heyday Bodie was known as the most lawless, wildest, and toughest mining camp the far west had ever known. The boom cycle didn't last long, and town was abandoned. The town suffered two fires. The last, in 1932, destroyed all but the 10 percent of the town remaining today. Bodie was designated a National Historic Site and State Historic Park in 1962 and is preserved in a state of arrested decay. The first time I was in Bodie was over twenty five years ago. The last time I was there was 2 weeks ago. Much to the credit of the conservators, not much had changed.

One of the most interesting features of Bodie is the glass in the windows of the buildings. In those frames that have the original windows, the glass is wavy. At the time this historic glass was manufactured, the technology didn't exist for making the perfectly flat glass of today. As I looked at these windows and saw the wavy reflections, I felt eerily connected to the past and the people who had lived here.