The abandoned ghost town of Bodie is located in the Eastern Sierra Mountains at an elevation of 8,375 feet. I carefully planned my day of photography. From previous experience, I knew about altitude sickness, and I didn’t want a repeat. I kept my camera gear to 2 lenses, and I brought plenty of water to help keep hydrated, sunblock and a hat. This State Historic Park is located 7 miles outside of Bridgeport. The last 3 miles are on an unpaved dirt road. Along with Laura and Anne we headed to Bodie early.
In 1859 gold discovered and the rush was on.
The Standard Mining Company in the 1870’s made mining profitable and the boom was on.
The town’s population reached 8,500 and there were more than 2,000 buildings. Mining brought other businesses and the town grew.
As an old telephone operator I enjoyed see this switchboard located in the Bodie Hotel.
Decline of profits happened quickly, and by 1886 the population dwindled to 1,500 people. In 1932 a fire destroyed much of the town and only 10 percent remained.
“Arrested decay” is the description for the town of Bodie.
This is part 1 of my photo journey into the California high desert.