Bodie, is a gold mining town about 10 miles off the 395 in the Eastern Sierra's. Gold was found there in 1859 by a man named Bodey, they changed the spelling when naming the town. By 1879 there were 10,000 people and 65 saloons! In 1962 it was made a state park and has been left in 'arrested decay' since then! This means that all the buildings are locked and you can look through windows and screens to see what remains! It is very interesting.
While DD and DH were looking at all the old buildings, I was looking at all the old artifacts! Boy what a treasure trove! Please excuse the pics they were taken with the lens right up against the glass.
This is the outside of the church. It is so amazing that these buildings are still standing. I guess it is because of the cold dry winters, it preserves the wood!
Funky Junk Interiors would have a field day with them! There was so much cool stuff!
Most houses had 10-12 ft ceilings, and look at the awesome moldings! Plus the old wallpaper! Oy!
Isn't this a cool old blue stove! I think this was a saloon at one time, but the blue stove just caught my eye!.
Look the cool insulators we all are crazy about in there original usage! They were all over the place.
Here is the old mine. During its heyday they pulled out $30 million in gold and silver!!! Yes I said Million!
The operated the mine till around 1941, but it was never like it was in the 1870's. My inlaws remember coming here before it was a state park and you could just walk through everything! Hope you enjoyed the tour of Bodie! Lots of cool architecture and artifacts to see!
Have a great day!