Bodie, California - A remaining American ghost town

Yet another abandoned settlement, this time in America, the land of ghost towns, the kind that you see in cowboy movies, and you can not meet anywhere else in the world. It was founded in 1876. It began as a small mining settlement, which attracted thousands of people after the discovery of nearby mines. In less than 4 years, Bodie became a town with almost 10.000 inhabitants, town’s main street was lined by 65 saloons. The town even had a Chinatown, with several hundred Chinese residents. Dwindling resources destroyed it however, and although greatly affected Bodie held a permanent residency through most of the 20th century – even with the fire that ravaged much of the downtown business district, in 1932. In 1961 Bodie was designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming a State Historic Park the next year after all the residents had moved on. Today, only a small part of the town survives, but visitor can still see how daily life happened there, and have a feeling of the old wild west.

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