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Bodie State Historic Park

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Address: Bodie Rd., Bridgeport, CA 93517
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+1 619-647-6445

One of the best preserved ghost towns.

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1877 to 1888, Bodie was a bustling town with more than 10,000 residents and produced more than $35 million in gold and silver. Today there are 170 abandonded wooden buildings.

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

1877 to 1888, Bodie was a bustling town with more than 10,000 residents and produced more than $35 million in gold and silver. Today there are 170 abandonded wooden buildings.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Bodie State Park. The information booklets available for purchase are a must to get a real feel for the park. It appears the park has remained untouched since the last residents vacated which was a perfect touch. Highly recommend.

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Northern California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

California state park. Bodie was a mining town, and has all the history one could imagine and more from the Wild West. The town is relatively preserved, with artifacts, and buildings still intact. If you're in the are, it's a must see. Definitely worth the trip down the dirt road. I had to pay a fee the last visit, but... More 

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Oakley, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

once you get off of 395 you will get on a dirt road take your time as the road as many pivots and very rough bumps. but don't worry it's worth it. you'll actually get real life feel of the Wild Wild West here. Most likely you're here during the summer when the snow is all gone just remember how... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

An amazing amount of history - a lot to take in, plan to spend the whole day. Call ahead to ensure the road is open - part of the road is rough gravel road, and it is easy to get misdirected by GPS to get there, so know your route in advance. Gas up ahead of time and take plenty... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We much enjoyed this visit which really gave a great idea of how the early prospectors lived and the harshness of the conditions. Do make sure you take the right road in though. The correct route (from Bridgeport) gives the last mile or so as rough road but our sat nav took us in the wrong way and it was... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Bodie is the most comprehensive and most authentic ghost town by far. It takes a while to drive the dirt road there from CA-395 but it's definitely worth it. Absolutely amazing piece of history. And it offers stunning photo ops.

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Cotton MN
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

There is a lot of actual written history about Bodie. I read that the mixture of gold, guns and whiskey resulted in a death a day at one point in Bodie history. The town bulged to about 10,000 in it's hay day. There was brothels, saloons, gambling houses, opium dens and all the essentials. When I first saw what is... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Great place!!! An authentic ghost town! Be careful when driving along the road that takes you there (do not drive over 15 km per hour).

1 Thank PaulaEstrada
Wiehle, VA
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was here for Friends of Bodie Day 2016. Now, I've been coming to Bodie almost yearly since 1999. And, this year I saw something “new”. If you're “on wheels”, please note that the park now has two “high flotation” wheelchairs available for use by visitors who need one. These wheelchairs are specially adapted for use in the rough terrain... More 

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