Bodie was named after Waterman S. Body (also Known as William S. Bodey), who discovered gold here in 1859. The change in spelling of the town's name has often been attributed to an illiterate sign painter but was a deliberate change by the citizenry to insure proper pronunciation.
By 1879 Bodie boasted a population of about ten thousand and was second to none for wickedness, badmen and "the worst climate out of doors." 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" and the phrase came to be know throughout the west!
Only 5% of the buildings remain from the hay days during 1880. Today it stands just as time, fire and the elements have left it. A genuine California gold mining ghost town. Designated a state historic park in 1962, it is now maintained in a state of "arrested decay." (from the guidebook)
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On the wall in the firehouse.
I tried really hard to get a great photo of the church but people were going in and out all day long. I know this town may look desolate but there was actually over a hundred people there. I really had to wait for some of the shots I took. This Methodist Church was erected in 1882. It had been restored and held its last service in 1932.
Finally got this one with my point and shoot.
Had it set for black and white photos.
If you look closely your will see some headstones in the background just above the roof of the house. That is the cemetery. We did walk it and it has become very overgrown since the last time we were there. There was one stone in particular that I wanted to see. I remember writing down the saying on it last time we were here.
Here it is in black and white.
Engraved at the bottom of headstone " A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is still; A place is vacant in our hearts, Which never can be filled"
This is one of my favorites along with one down below. I can't get either of them on canvas because they are too close and when it gets wrapped on canvas the photo gets cut off. I will be getting them enlarge on photo paper and framing them.
The backs of those two buildings.....
I have to admit that this photo made my list of favorite one!
I shared it in a collage earlier.
If you missed my other post with a few pictures from Bodie
you can read about it here:
Bodie State Historic Park is located in Bridgeport, CA
It is not in my city but it is in my state!
We visited Bodi on our vacation in July.
Joining Unknown Mami for Sundays in my City