Bodie Calif. Ghost Town and Twin Lakes Cal.
Located in the barren hills of eastern California a few miles north of Mono Lake, Bodie is regarded as the best preserved ghost town in the U.S. Gold lured around 10,000 crusty souls here in the late 1880's. Bodie developed a nasty reputation that was well founded. Killings were an almost daily occurrence. In June of 1932, long after Bodie's heyday, a small boy playing with matches set a blaze that destroyed 90% of the town. Fire fighting water pipes from the lake were clogged with mud and debris, contributing to the disaster. Bodie was functionally abandoned afterward, leaving a treasure of relics behind. Fortunately, the mining company that owned the land did a decent job of keeping out looters. Bodie was made into a California State Park in 1962 and is maintained in a state of "arrested decay" with about 5% of the original buildings left standing today. Preservation efforts include screening building windows, replacing glass in buildings containing valuable contents and antiques, and repairing roofs where practical to keep decay to a minimum. It is a paradise for photographers, antique buffs and historians. Security after hours is very tight. These photos are all big files, so feel free to put the cursor on them and select the original file size for better detail.Read More