We added the town of Bodie to our California/Nevada trip list this past August. Bodie is a ghost town in Mono County California. It became a boom town in 1876 with the discovery of a profitable line of gold attracting thousands to the town. It boomed from 1877-late 1880's. Ghost towns are of interest to both me and my husband - he loves the history of the wild west, and I love to photograph the old buildings.
We were only able to enter a few buildings, and the floors seemed very weak, I was nervous we'd fall through the floor! We were able to peer in the windows of the buildings that aren't open. Most have been left as-is from whenever they were deserted. This first set of photos shows many of the buildings and layout of the town.
The following photograph is of the mine. It was closed off, and we weren't able to get close enough to peer in the windows.
And the next photo is a picture of the jailhouse. I particularly like the yellow flowers as a frame for the weathered wood.
I love looking at details in old towns like this. I thought the weathered wood was pretty.
We found spots (usually on the side or back of the buildings) they were made of metal. As the story goes, they would pound out cans from food and use them as siding. The weathered metal was beautiful. (It will make some nice additions to my abstract photography collection!)
The following photographs were taken inside the one home that was open to enter.
And a few more photographs of things I found while walking around.
A safe from the bank.
This photo shows a wider section of the flattened cans used as siding.
Next blog entry will cover Mono Lake and the June Lake Loop.
All photographs were taken with a Canon 6D with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM.
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