Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park


Location:Northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road.
Facilities:Visitor center, exhibits, picnic areas, restrooms.
Activities:Self-guided tours.
Special Features:Park preserves a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. When the Standard Company struck pay dirt in 1877, a gold rush transformed Bodie from a tiny hamlet into a boomtown of 10,000 people. A small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Bodie is open all year; however, because of the high elevation, it is accessible only by over-snow equipment during the winter months. The park's visitor center/museum is open only during the summer months, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Address:PO Box 515
Bridgeport, CA 93517

Phone:760-647-6445
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=509
Size: 1,064 acres. Elevation: 8,375 feet.

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DeLyser documents how visitors arrive at the Bodie State Historic Park or Ghost Town with an entire mythology about the western United States, much of which is flat out false.
Prange also has worked for three seasons as a park aide at Bodie State Historic Park, a preserved ghost town in northeastern California's gold mining country.
Bodie State Historic Park is about a six-hour drive from Los Angeles, northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395.
Bodie saw her glory years from 1877 to 1882, when the town burst with up to 10,000 people, all dreaming of getting rich from the gold mines," says guide Christine Spiller as she stands on the rickety steps of the 1882 Methodist Church in Bodie State Historic Park.
Mike will travel to California on July 25 to help with the Earthwatch Fellow-ship programme at the Bodie State Historic Park.