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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 belongingsā€¦”

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

2 replies on “Town of Ghosts”

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.

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