The Ghost Town of Bodie, CA.
Best Preserved Ghost Town in the United StatesPhotographs and text by Matthew Kiwala
In it's heyday, Bodie is said to have been home to over 10,000 people, 30 mines, 3 breweries, and 65 saloons. Hard to believe when one visits as over ¾ of the town has vanished in various fires over the years.
The original mine was named Bunker Hill in 1861, and passed through several hands before being sold for $67,000 and being renamed as the Standard Company in 1877. The Standard Mine produced close to 15 million dollars over it's 25 year life and it's success caused a rush for gold to Bodie in 1878. The Standard mill was destroyed by a fire in 1898, but was quickly rebuilt. During the boom, the combined mines produced around $400,000 per month in gold. The overall total is estimated at $90 to $100 million.