With 200 buildings and over 100 years of history, Bodie Ghost Town is quite the attraction. In 1859, gold was discovered near this town at Bodie Bluff. A town was set up in 1861 to provide amenities to the 49ers. By 1880, there was an estimated 10,000 people there. Bodie was a rough town. Supposedly someone was killed every day, but that’s not surprising given the number of saloons, brothels, gambling houses, and Opium dens there were. Miners couldn’t wait to spend their earnings there.
Like many towns that boomed during the Gold Rush, Bodie eventually disappeared due to the lack of gold being found as well as a fire in 1892. However, their loss was our gain. In 1962, California made Bodie Ghost Town a State Historic Park.
Because there are so many buildings, you might want to take a tour on the website with some background before you head to Bodie Ghost Town. You don’t want to go there unprepared. Visit http://www.bodie.com/tour/ for information on the buildings. To get in, it is 5 dollars/person or 3 dollars for kids ages 7-16. Kids 6 and under get in free. Dogs must be kept on leashes. For directions, please click here:
If you need to contact someone at Bodie Ghost Town for more information here is their contact information:
Bodie State Historic Park
P.O. Box 515
Bridgeport, CA 93517
From the website above, the hours of operation are:
March 1st to the Friday before Memorial Day: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED
Saturday before Memorial Day to Mid-September: 8:00am to 6:00pm OR AS POSTED
Mid-September to Mid-October: 8:00am to 4:00pm OR AS POSTED
Mid-October to October 31st: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED
November 1st to the end of February: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED
Here’s part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNqtB7z_ssw