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Haunted and abandoned destinations around the World

Bodie Ghost Town

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Bodie Ghost Town is one of the most beautiful and spectacular abandoned settlements in United States. In essence it a time frozen in time with all buildings, people's items and cars left in place where they were left by people.

 

 

 

Location: 75 mi (120 km) Southeast of Lake Tahoe   Map

Found: 1859

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Description of Bodie Ghost Town

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Town of Bodie in California was named after Waterman S. (Bill) Bodey who discovered large gold deposit north of Mono Lake in 1859. Unfortunately for him a winter storm caught him off guard and he froze to death. A mining camp on the gold mine site was named after him.

 

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Things were going slow for Bodie until 1875 then a large pocket of precious metal was discovered after an accidental cave in. It quickly swelled to 10,000 residents. Resident homes, stores and 65 saloons lined its busy streets. With large amount of cash came violence and sin. In addition to common vices like gambling, prostitution, theft and others killings reached incredible proportions. "The Bad Man from Bodie" became a legend. One of the local pastors described Bodie as "a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion". It did not last too long however. Mining extracted much of gold from surrounding mountains  and two major fires in 1892 and 1932 swept through the area. Since then no restoration or rebuilding have touched this truly gem of a ghost towns. Today it is a state historic park. Much of the town is accessible, but certain restrictions do apply. Additionally no items can be removed from its original location.

 

 

 

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Bodie Sam Leon's Bar on the left and old barbershop on the right

 

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Bodie General store

Bodie General Store was once owned by Harvey Boone a direct descendant of a legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone. He also ran a livery business and owned a stable in the city.

 

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 Bodie School

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Bodie Church

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