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Bodie grew up from one man to a population of about 10,000 in just 20 years. These were gold miners looking for fortune and gold in the Sierra Mountains. Bodie developed a reputation as a bad town full of "Bad Men From Bodie". One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary: "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie." At the peak there were 65 saloons, daily fights and murders. This was a wild west town.
Some buildings were leaning or falling down, including an outhouse that was falling into the pit.
The town sits at over 8000 feet above sea level. The day we were there the sky was a beautiful clear blue with wispy clouds. The sun was very bright, making harsh shadows. All this made taking photos a real challenge.
If you go to Bodie, be sure to allow 1/2 a day to visit. It's like no other park you'll visit and you'll not want to rush through.
I have created a short slide show of photos from our time at Bodie. You can watch it on Youtube