Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie is a ghost town left over from the gold rush days in California. Its about 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. If you are ever up that way, its a very cool place to wander around for the day ( if you are a photographer The Bodie Foundation runs several classes — including night classes that I think would be pretty amazing to take part in).

A significant gold deposit was mined in the town from about 1876 to the late 1880’s and during its peak had about 7,000 inhabitants and 2,000 buildings. Now its a preserved oasis of buildings in various states of decay–including buildings with the furniture still inside.

If you visit beware of the Bodie Curse — which says that if you take anything from the town — even a pebble — you will be cursed with misfortune and tragedy. Park rangers say they get a large volume of returned items in the mail each year and they keep a log of these items that you can view in the park museum.

I photographed it with both a 35mm (Canon T70) with TriX 400 film (photos above) and a Sony Alpha NEX 5 (photos to be added soon).

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