Places to Shoot – Bodie

Posted: November 21, 2015 in Uncategorized
A couple years ago I was in California co-teaching a workshop with my photo friend Jack Graham, and part of the workshop was held at the ghost town called Bodie. A very cool historic place and great photo ops.
Here is some history on Bodie.
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.
Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of “arrested decay.” Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of “arrested decay”. Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.
Location – Directions
The park is northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road (Hwy 270), seven miles south of Bridgeport.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.2122 / -119.0111
From U.S. 395 seven miles south of Bridgeport, take State Route 270. Go east 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue 3 miles on a dirt road to Bodie. The last 3 miles can at times be rough.
If you are ever in that area it’s worth it to stop in and check it out.

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Comments
  1. Robert says:

    Great place for macro work! Been there. It is Carol’s Favorite place, Old Car City is next.

    Rob

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