Where is Bodie State Historic Park?
Bodie is probably the most famous Ghosttown in the American Southwest. It originated in the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century and experienced its heyday in the 1870s and 1880s. For a short time it was one of the ten largest cities in California. But with the decline of gold and silver reserves in the mines, the inhabitants left the city again and sought their fortune elsewhere, so that the place was almost completely abandoned in the 1930s. Since 1962, Bodie has been a State Historic Park and is preserved in the state of Decay.
Bodie is located 30 kilometers as the crow flies northeast of Lee Vining in the mountains north of Mono Lake. You can reach the State Historic Park in Mono County California by following Highway 395 from Lee Vining about 30 kilometers to the North and then turning east on 20.9 kilometers long State Route 270 (Bodie Road). The road is initially paved. However, the last 4.8 kilometers are a Gravel Road and can be quite bumpy.
The ghost town is located at 2,552 meters altitude, which also explains the harsh climate, especially in Winter. The remote location also ensures only a moderate number of visitors – which is quite pleasant for those who still find it here. The size of the place makes the Ghosttown unique. The absence of any commercial buildings also creates a unique, authentic atmosphere.
Before we start a small tour we first take a look at the short but lively history Bodies. If this is too dry, better skip this picture-less part.
Address: CA-270, Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone: (760) 616-5040
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