In the Desert
Content including photographs are Copyright © 2015 - Present - Don & Linda Gilmore
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Today, even though Bodie is down a dusty, bumpy, slow 13 mile long road off of State Highway 395, it's amazing how many people are aware of this once glorious town.
East of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (121 km) Southeast of Lake Tahoe. It is located 12 mi (19 km) East-Southeast of Bridgeport.
Bodie Topography Map
Bodie is an original mining town from the late 1800's. What's left today stands in a state of "arrested decay" and is maintained by the California State Parks System, who took over the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.
In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world. At one time there was reported to be 65 saloons in town. Among the saloons were numerous brothels and 'houses of ill repute', gambling halls and opium dens - an entertainment outlet for everyone.
These 5 photos above are courtesy of Jerry Allan Clifton
These 3 photos above are courtesy of Thomas Teal