Town of Ghosts

“Bodie is by far the best preserved ghost town in the United States. Gold was discovered back in 1859 by William S Bodey and at its apex, the town had a population of 10,000 residents through the 1880′s. Bodie was replete with the makings of old west folklore; gunfighters, saloons, miners, gambling halls and prostitutes, a rough place through and through. But the town’s success didn’t last and faded from ‘glory’ prior to World War I and was finally down for the count during WWII once all mining operations were halted due to the war effort. It was effectively abandoned with many of the structures retaining the inhabitants belongings…”

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Nov 2012
AUTHOR Mark Newton
COMMENTS 2 Comments
  • TheBrett

    It’s a good thing in its own way, though, right? It means that when the economic basis for the town disappeared, people didn’t hang around and hope against hope that things would get better. They moved on to more productive areas.

  • http://markcnewton.com Mark Newton

    I’m not sure whether it’s good or bad. Depends, I guess, on how many more productive areas there were, and how tough that was for the families who had to move.