One of the main streets. The mill appears in the background. Touring it was off limits.
Here we are at another ghost town! Bodie was once a bustling and lawless gold mining town boasting a population of about 10,000 in 1879. Today it's a ghost town maintained in a state of "arrested decay" by the State of California. Only about five percent of the buildings remain from its 1880's heyday - fire took out most of the town in 1932. According to the brochure, between 1860 and 1941, the Bodie Mining District produced close to $100 million in gold and silver! Mama Mia!
Enlarge the right photo to read the text -- it's quite thought-provoking....
Bodie is in the middle of nowhere and the day we visited was chilly and windy. Apparently the town was second to none for wickedness, badmen, and "the worst climate out of doors." Here's a quote from the brochure: One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary, "Goodbye God. I'm going to Bodie." The phrase came to be known throughout the West.