Bodie, California

Though this town once had almost 10,000 residents, it is now deserted. When a major gold mine was discovered in 1875, those in search of riches flooded to Bodie. It became notorious for its terrible climate, robberies and frequent murders. In 1881, it was even referred to as “a sea of sin,” perhaps owing to its 65 saloons. Now designated as a National Historic Site and State Historic Park, only five percent of the town’s buildings are still intact and commercial properties such as markets and gas stations are prohibited. Photo: courtesy of California State Parks © 2011

I’m hoping that Jimmy and I make it here during our upcoming vacation. You can find out about other American Ghost Towns at Women’s Day.

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