The Murphy House is one of the buildings visitors easily can peer inside on their tour of Bodie. Interiors remain as they were left, still furnished and stocked with goods, and the rangers with the California State Parks do not disturb the disarray. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Our Sunday Best

Visiting Bodie, a real, live ghost town

By From page A1 | October 28, 2012

As Halloween approaches, we thought we’d set the mood by skulking around the streets of Bodie, a State Historic Park that has been left in a state of “arrested decay.”
Only about five percent of the buildings Bodie contained during its 1880s heyday still remain. Today it stands just as time, fire and extreme weather have left it — a genuine California gold mining ghost town.

According to the California State Parks brochure, Bodie “was once knowns as the most lawless, wildest and toughest mining camp in the west. To walk the streets of this ghost town and peer into the windows of the remaining homes, businesses and sites is to be transported back to the days when Bodie was a thriving mining town.

Designated a State Historic Park in 1962, visitors can tour Bodie with a guide or on their own.

Now, we invite you to tour with us..if you dare! Mwahahaha!
If you go
Bodie is located about four hours from Davis; northeast of Yosemite National Park, seven miles south of the town of Bridgeport, it has an elevation of 8,375 feet. The last three miles to the park are a very rough dirt road.

Hours of operation:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 15 to Oct. 31
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. to May 14

Ages 17+: $7 per person
16 to 6: $5
5 and under are free

Dogs may accompany visitors into the townsite, but they must be on a leash at all times.

For more info, call 760-647-6445 or visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509

Fred Gladdis

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