Posts From The Road: Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie: The remaining structures in the Historical Park seen from a distance as visitors arrive to explore the former gold mining town. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Mill: Another distance view reveals some of the houses and one of the mills from the gold mining days. Tours of the mill are available with advance reservations. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

While we are all staying at home during the pandemic, the next few Post From the Road will be from previous travels during the last couple of years. 

A visit to Bodie State Historic Park near Bridgeport, Calif., allows visitors to step back in time and get a glimpse of life in a gold mining town.

Bodie, Calif., is a former gold mining town in eastern California. At its peak, the town was booming and home to more than 7,000 residents in the 1870s. 

Today, there are more than 100 of the original buildings remaining in various conditions. Some structures are barely standing while others still have furniture or goods inside.

Several of the buildings are open for visitors to enter but most must be viewed through windows or viewed only from the outside.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Relics: An old truck is just one example of relics and remains that are still scattered around the grounds of Bodie State Historic Park. Tools, shards of broken pottery and household items and old mining relics can be seen around the area. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Do Not Enter: An old horse drawn cart sits outside of a decaying building in Bodie. Many of the old structures are not open because of condition. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Saloons: During boom years there were 65 saloons with the town of Bodie. Shown are remnants of what was the Bodie Club. In addition to piles of beer bottles sits an old piano and a wood stove in the back. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Boone and Wright: The interior of the Boone and Wright General Store remains stocked as it would have been over 100 years ago. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

School: The Bodie School remains intact on Main Street. A classroom inside gives visitors a glimpse of education in the 1800s. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Streets of Bodie: Houses, businesses, and the old Methodist Church line one of the streets in Bodie. This is the only church building still standing and it is open for visitors to enter and check out. The life and times of the gold mining era in Bodie can be explored year round at the Bodie State Historic Park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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