Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ghost Town

Now this is scary . . .
I took this picture through the window of the school house in Bodie, a ghost town in California about 80 miles south east of Tahoe in Mono County. Bodie was established as a mining town in the mid-1800's. Population grew to 10,000 at one point, then dwindled to around 700 by 1910. In 1932, when a fire destroyed all but 200 buildings, most of the town's remaining 100 residents left (leaving behind much of their belongings). Bodie became a state park in 1962 and is now in a state of "arrested decay" for your viewing pleasure.
They must have left in October as there were several jack-o-lanterns in the school house.
One home is open with the rooms roped off, but as for the rest, you must be satisfied to look through the windows. It truly is a fascinating place to visit.

Here are glimpses into the past: (Click on pictures for a larger view.)
Inside the school house.

Outside of the school house

One of the "nicer" homes

Can you imagine having to leave your sewing machine behind? How sad.

Most of these pictures were taken through the window with my camera lense up against the glass resulting in poor quality in some photos (like the one below).

Another sad sewing machine. I liked the bird cage.

Almost all of the homes had wall paper. In some, you could see several layers where the top layer was peeling off.

A child's booster chair in the kitchen. (This is the house you could walk into.)

Crib, bathtub and radio in this room

Close-up of the wall paper in the front room.


I think they used flattened out tin cans for siding.


Our friend, Richard, is holding up this building.

Hotel room. Most of the commercial buildings had this pressed tin wall covering. I would love to have a sampling of it.

Hotel kitchen with more pressed tin.
If you're in California, Bodie is definately worth a visit. If you would like to see more pictures, visit my Bodie flickr album

13 comments:

Okispice said...

What a cool place. And jack-o-lanterns you say? wouldn't they be decayed by now? interesting post - wish I was going by that way for a peek.

The Bird said...

What a spooky place to explore! That first pic really gives me the willies for some reason lol

kimmcl said...

What a super post! I just loved all of the pictures and the stories behind them. Great blog!

Stephani said...

What an interesting post. I just happened upon your blog today. Love your teddy bears. I used to collect teddy bears. Nice blog!

Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

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Melissa Miller said...

What an interesting place to see. I enjoyed the photos as this is right up my alley.

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pussman said...

They look like old dollhouses!
Oh I love this!
I would like so much to see this!
A pitty I live so far away!
Thamk you for sharing the pictures :)

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you for popping by my blog so I could find yours. I LOVE this post! We're very into historical trips, and my teenagers would go nuts in this place!

Leidi Bird said...

Thanks for sharing that is so interesting, flash to a different time, but not all that different i guess! Love the sewing machine, so neat!
Great blog!

♥Georgie♥ said...

How incredible...so enjoyed your photos

Leny said...

Nice pictures,could see it in a movie....

Love your rack for the fur!!Great idea!!

Bearhugs,
Leny
Netherlands

ღ soraya ღ said...

nice post thanks for sharing...blessings soraya

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