During a weekend roadtrip from the San Francisco Bay Area, destination Mono Lake, Mr. Misadventures and I made a side trip to Bodie, a fascinating gold-mining ghost town with lots of untold stories to tell.
Located in the Sierra Nevadas, Bodie is a mining town from the late 1800′s frozen in time, or as they call it “in a state of arrested decay.”
Well my imagination likes to get the best of me, so in my mind, the total state of abandonment is due to a sudden alien (or maybe vampire) invasion. [I think American TV is getting the best of me...]
No matter what history you believe about this historic town, it is a great place to visit. It is literally most of an entire town left intact. It is great for kids, historians, wild west enthusiasts and in particular photographers – there is something for everyone to entertain themselves with.
There are picnic grounds and guided tours, but we just wandered around for a couple of hours. As this was just a stop on our way to our final destination, we did not have as much time as we needed to see (or photograph) everything and we are headed back in September to take more time.
Despite being there such a short time, Mr. Misadventures took some great shots. Buildings of all shapes and sizes:
Vehicles of all types abandoned and waiting:
Some in better condition than others:
And of course no mining town is worth its salt without at least on church to keep the moral temperature in check:
How about you? Ever been to a ghost town?
To check out other American Ghost Towns, visit my Wanderlist on AFAR.
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