James Marvin Phelps Photography | Bodie State Historic Park - Ghost Town Photography by James Marvin Phelps
Created 31-Mar-14
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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.
Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.
from the Bodie SHP website:
Out To PastureFinal Rusting PlaceFalling To PiecesEternal ParkingTimeless DisassemblySilent MemoriesLast LegsMethodist ChurchAbrupt DepartureAbrupt Departure IISilent PrayersVirgin AlleyReflecting On HistoryDon't Fear The ReaperOpen CasketJailhouse DoorSolitary TimeEven Walls Fall DownRestless SleepReflections Of The Past

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