Bodie State Historic Park, Bridgeport

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Bodie State Historic Park takes you on a journey back to the days of Californian Gold Rush. A bustling mining community of nearly 10,000 people in the 1880s, this area was completely abandoned by the mid-20th century. This time-capsule-like slice still has about 100 original buildings. If you look through the windows, you'll see that the interiors are also intact. Head to the museum to get on one of the tours, or explore on your own. Be aware that the only facilities are a parking lot and restrooms, so bring any snacks and drinks you may want. Put Bodie State Historic Park into our Bridgeport trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bridgeport.
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  • If your looking to visit an actual ghost town this would be it. Some of the buildings look like the inhabitants just up and left one day and never came back. It was eerily quiet but so interesting to ...  more »
  • City semi-fantome... Mixed feeling between the impression of being in a true ghost town and at times to be a Disney... But it's according to the feeling of each
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  • A fabulous window on the gold mining history and way of life of the people of Bodie. Some great photo opportunities to see how it really was in the late 1800’s. The wind and cold temperatures endure b...  more »
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  • The most amazing place! It's like you go back in time but not in a reenactment type way. There are no people in hoop skirts and corsets (well maybe, but only of the paranormal kind) trying desperately to speak with a twang. It's EMPTY. It's also not cheesed up with snack bars and ice cream shops, so you may want to pack a snack and drinks because it's a fairly long run up that hill. It really IS a ghost town left as it has been but thoughtfully repaired as needed over the years. There are old beds and chairs and kitchen utensils in the homes, desks in the school, pews in the church. You can freely enter some buildings, others you may stand in the open door and still others where you can only peek in the windows. It's hauntingly beautiful with the wind whistling through town. If you find yourself in the area or even at that end of Yosemite it really is worth taking an extra day to check it out. I know it had been closed for earthquake damages right before we visited so it's important to check the website just in case, also check the road conditions in winter because the surrounding highways regularly close for winter. I think everyone should see Bodie at least once because there is nothing like it anywhere, and frankly it can't last forever and then it will truly be gone. TIP: do a little research before you go so you have an idea of the story of Bodie and, of course the curse!
  • Bodie State Historic Park was recommended to us by the Visitor's Center in Bishop, California. We stopped in to get some maps and we mentioned that we wanted to go to Virginia City, Nevada and the kindly gentleman that worked there told us about Bodie as an alternative. Are we ever grateful that he did! If you really want to see a ghost town this is a great place to do so. Since it's a State Park it isn't commercialized or viewed as a tourist trap. FYI, the road going out there isn't paved all the way. This was fine with us but I just wanted to put this out there. The thing that was a head scratcher for us was, why they wouldn't allow you to park closer to the cemetery. It was on the outskirts of the town and it was a bit a hike so we decided against going to see it. Everything else was very nice and worth it!
  • As a history aficionado, I loved seeing this place. I was lucky enough to arrive during a docent talk which shed a lot of light on the story of Bodie and explained why things were left as they were. The California State Parks does a great job at keeping the town in a state of "arrested decay". I hope to return and get a tour of the mill. This town is a great remnant of life on the old West and illustrates the evolution of the mining industry from individual placer mining to the deep shaft mining requiring a high degree of planning, organization and capital. I recommend visiting Bodie to anyone with an interest in California history. And for those who don't already have such an interest, places like this will surely spark one.
  • Really nice old town with lots of houses and gear from back in the days. Depending on the arrival time one has to wait a while to pay the $8 entrance fee. But the guys at the gate are really nice. You can buy a self guidance booklet for $2. Didn't do it tho. It cool to just walk around and stumble thru a different era. Would definitely recommend the drive up there!
  • It was very cool and sad to see how people lived back then. They pretty much just left town and left their stuff behind. You can walk through some of the houses and other places like the schoolroom can be seen through the windows. The lesson was still on the chalkboard as well as books on the desks. It was a neat experience to see all of it. They also have a museum. They give you a map when you drive in.
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