With its last gold mine closing in 1942, Bodie Ghost Town was one of the highlights of our road trip in California last year. There was just something so eerie, haunting and quite mysterious about the place. With all of the buildings sitting empty and many possessions just seemingly left in an instant, it really felt like the inhabitants just vanished without a trace. You wouldn’t know to look at it now, but in 1879 it was the second most populous town in California behind only San Francisco.
This is a shot of the town’s jail. While it doesn’t look particularly sturdy today, it’s said that only one person ever escaped – Joseph DeRouche. Unfortunately for him he was quickly apprehended by a makeshift vigilante group and hung for his efforts. In its heyday the town was rife with crime, so this small shack must have seen a lot of people over the years. What a fantastic piece of history!
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