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Laura and I took an adventurous day trip from out Twain Harte cabin over HWY 108 and into the Bodie Hills to view one of the most well preserved ghost towns in the United States. At an elevation 8,375’, Bodie was first settled in the late 1850’s as the Mother Lode gold fields became less profitable and boomed to life in the late 1870’s when the Standard Mill went into full production. In twenty five years of operation the mine produced over $15 million in gold and attracted nearly 10,000 people to Bodie. Apparently the town was a debaucherous place with many bars and brothels. Several fires ripped through the town and by the early 1930’s only 10% of the buildings and several residents were left. The area was made a State Historical Park in 1962, preserved in a state of arrested decay.

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