"This is Bodie, or rather the remains of Bodie. Only about five percent of the buildings it contained during its 1880s heyday still remain. Today, it stands just as time, fire and the elements left it - a genuine California gold mining ghost town. Designated a state historical park in 1962, it is now maintained in a state of "arrested decay."
The town of Bodie rose to prominence with the decline of mining along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Prospectors crossing the eastern slope in 1859 to "see the elephant" - that is to search for gold, would discover it in Virginia City, Nevada, and here in this high desert.
By 1879 Bodie boasted a population of about 10,000 and was second to none for wickedness, badmen, and a terrible climate - freezing winters and blistering hot summers. Killings occurred with monotonous regularity, sometimes almost daily. The fire bell which tolled the ages of the deceased when they were buried, rang often and long. Robberies, stage holdups, and street fights provided variety, and the town's 65 saloons offered many opportunities for relaxation after had days of work in the mines. The Reverend F.M. Warrington saw it in 1881 as "a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion."
reference pamphlet: "Bodie State Historic Park"
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ikeharel (69855) 2014-06-19 7:15
I understand, Ray, nowadays this is a historic-monument for old time's gold rush. Yet, with a bit of imagination I can comprehend how life would be there, out in the wilderness in those time's.
Fine contrast of brown on light green and grey, pic. space allotted nicely.
Noel_Byrne (30499) 2014-06-19 10:02
Thanks for posting this one, I have been fascinated by Bodie since I first learned of it, and even though I have seen shots from here, they tended to be of each building. Brilliant to see the panorama of the town here which has such a unique feel to it. This place feels very historic and the name Ghost Town seems very apt, its quite spooky looking, even under this beautiful sunlight.
Thanks as always
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-06-19 10:09
for me is the nature rather than concrete (unfortunately I did not have a car in Canada)
Your photo is really very good, good information!
Wish you a nice day
PaulVDV (28251) 2014-06-19 11:08
Apparently it was no fun to live in Bodie in 1879 ...
But today it looks like a very interesting open air museum.
Luckily you took this photo before the sweltering summer temperatures made a visit more difficult.
Now the town looks a little as a beautiful setting for a western movie.
Best regards, Paul
Silvio1953 (140853) 2014-06-19 11:50
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with nice wooden houses in a beautiful landscape, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
emka (95249) 2014-06-19 14:50
Hello Ray, Very nice view of the Bodie ghost town. You have presented similar photo in black and white, but the colour version looks nicer. Only now I have noticed that you posted many photos from Mono Lake and Bodie, I must look at them, they are beautiful.
Fascinating place and excellent presentation. Nice composition and excellent sharpness.
WArm regrads MAlgo
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-06-20 10:40
Beautiful image of the Eastern Sierra Nevada.Excellent image quality with great clarity and sharpness. TFS.
Sonata11 (33763) 2014-06-20 21:24
Very beautiful and very interesting place and the wooden houses. I wish to see them inside. Awesome! Tfs Ray, Barbara
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-21 10:00
Looks like those buildings are well maintained. Nicely captured with good pov and nice details. Very well done, tfs.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-06-24 5:57
it is amazing how well preserved the houses still are considering that they have been abandoned so many years ago. The whole scene look like right from the old Western movies. I like the panoramic format which you used in here as well as the whole composition which gives us a glimpse of the landscape around too.
Thanks for sharing
delpeoples (57278) 2014-06-25 2:21
Ciao dear BodieRay
Ahh of all the gin joints in all the world....I love a den of iniquity. Cute little houses and a nice gesture to designate it an historical park. I like the panoramic cut too., Nice colours and contrasts.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
macjake (67060) 2014-06-27 9:50
as i've said to you before, I really have enjoyed this series of photos from Bodie.
Its a place I'd love to see in person.
here we have a wide angle shot, showing off whats left of the ol' town.
looking at it, i'm trying to imagine how it looked in its prime. Oh if we only had a time machine!