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Today was a rather long drive from Klamath Falls, OR to Bishop, CA, so we had only one sightseeing stop: Bodie, a mining ghost town 100 miles north of Bishop. A sizable deposit of gold was discovered there in 1876, and Bodie became a booming town with up to 7,000 inhabitants and 2,000 buildings. However, by the late 1880’s the gold boom was over for Bodie. It lingered on as an inhabited town as miners moved elsewhere. By 1943 there were only 3 people left, and today it is an authentic ghost town, the centerpiece of a California State Historic Park.

I tried to capture the essence of Bodie in the following shots.

Bodie and what's left of its main street.

Bodie and what’s left of its main street. The road on the hill is an unpaved and rough road that we had to drive on to get to Bodie.

Bodie ore processing plant.

Bodie ore processing plant.

Bodie church.

Bodie church.

Abandoned houses, truck, and equipment at Bodie.

Abandoned houses, truck, and equipment at Bodie.

Remains of a house at Bodie.

Remains of a house at Bodie.

Wagons kept inside a barn at Bodie.

Wagons kept inside a barn at Bodie.

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