Bodie State Historic Park
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- 98%History Buffs
- 80%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 80%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Local Culture
- 62%Budget Travelers
- 57%Family Travelers
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- Bodie State Historic ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 22, 2014
America's premier ghost town, maintained in a state of "arrested decay." Repairs are made only to preserve the status quo using exact replicas of items being repaired. When there, definitely sign up for the mine tour, even if you have been on other tours at other sites.Recommended for:
- Bodie State Historic ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Aug 31, 2013
Bodie... a half day spent back in time in what was once a raucous and crazy town.
Ghost towns are at a different pace, this one included. It definitely portrays what a frontier mining town had looked like up through the turn of the 20th century. It is always strangely appealing to go and view the house half full of furniture and shops stock full of goods.
Its a fun half day trip, but anything more than 4-5 hours might be a bit much unless you go on the official tour through the mining operation.
For a history buff or someone wanting to try something new and different off of the beaten path, I suggest this as an intriguing stop.Recommended for:
- Bodie State Historic ParkJul 05, 2012
If stepping back in time to the Old West interests you, then look no further than checking out Bodie.
Bodie is widely considered the best preserved ghost town in the United States. Left in a state of arrested decay, the town looks the same now as it did 100 years ago (with the exception of fires, some vandalism, and the natural deterioration to structures from time). In the 1880s it was a booming mining town with a population of over 10,000. It seems that as quick as Bodie boomed it disappeared into history just as quickly with a couple devastating fires and the slowing of the mines.
Today only a small portion of the town remains but don't let that put you off - this place is BIG! There are well over 100 structures still well intact and just walking the grounds is an experience in itself. Tons of 100 year old trash and rusted machinery which would be meaningless to the people from the 1800s, but walking the streets it's like a gold mine of history. A rusted can here has a story to tell but we'll never know what it is. Homes and buildings are still filled with personal possessions and other artifacts just as they were back in the day. You can't go in them for safety reasons, but it's a pretty fascinating experience.
Prepare to spend the day here if you come and be sure to take the tour of the mill. No cell phone reception but maybe that's a good thing. The natural beauty of the landscape, the backdrop of the Sierras, and the fresh air are a sight to experience.
There's a whole network of ghost towns in the area but they're hard to get to. Bodie is the one you really want to see. You won't be disappointed.Recommended for:
- Bodie State Historic ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
As a Bay Area resident, a trip to the Eastern Sierra is long and difficult, especially in the winter when the mountain passes are closed. My favourite summer route is through Yosemite to Lee Vining for Mono Lake (and the Committee) and then up to Bodie to see one of the best ghost towns ever.
The road to Bodie is rough, the wind and dust may guide or impede your path, be prepared for both hot and cold, and you're on your own for food. However, it's so worth the trip to see this sort of history preserved and presented in real life. And as far as the California State Parks go, Bodie is sort of the Ying to Hearst Castle's Yang.
My favourite memory is taking my parent there and taking their picture in front of the Bodie church while they're holding hands. And even after 50+ years of marriage, they still look like a lovely couple!Recommended for: