The Spookiest Town in California

October 31, 2012 | By | Comments (3)
Bodie Ghost Town

Photograph courtesy of Flickr user tofuart

Bodie State Historic Park near Bridgeport, California, hasn’t changed since 1877.

A gold-mining town of 10,000 in its heydey, it’s now in a state of “arrested decay,” which sounds much, much more terrifying than anything you’ll see today (save maybe the hordes of bowtie-sporting, wannabe rappers doing Halloween Gangnam-style).

Bodie, through the eyes of the Flickr community:

Bodie Ghost Town

The famous Bodie junkers (by Flickr user praphulm)

Bodie Ghost Town

Nearly 100 buildings remain, including a schoolhouse, stable, and firehouse (by Flickr user Gouldy99)

Bodie Ghost Town

By Flickr user The Digital Story

Bodie Ghost Town

The Methodist church, built in 1882 (by Flickr user RevTimMedia)


  1. Tofu St. John

    Glad to see you liked my photo. Bodie is truly an amazing place and I keep returning there again and again. I’ve photographed it hundreds of times and even painted it a few. Last year it even was a piece in the 2011 Project (see – Tofu

    November 4, 2012 at 11:56 am
  2. Marj Cooper

    My grandmother was born and raised in Bodie. Her father (my great-grandfather) was Henry Fred Metzger, who was foreman of the Standard Mill until it closed down in 1915. Their house still stands in Bodie. I would love to visit Bodie, but age and health are not co-operating, so I am always anxious to see photos.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    • Aislyn Greene

      That’s incredible, thank you for sharing. Hope you can make it back out there someday!

      November 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

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