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Explore Bodie: ghost town of gold diggers

Dal Kikin
October 24, 2018

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The Bodie ghost town is located in the western part of the United States, California. Its history began in 1859, when William S. Bodie discovered a gold mine in the area of Lake Mono and the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. According to legend, Bodie died during a snowstorm, and his family members founded a settlement and called him the name of a gold miner.

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The first mines appeared in 1861, and the most lively period in the history of the city began in 1876, when Standard Company found another large gold deposit in the vicinity of Bodie. Over the next four years, the city’s population increased from 30 people to five to seven thousand, railway and telegraph lines were carried out to the city, newspapers were published, 65 saloons opened, several banks, a “red light district” and a Chinatown with opium chilli appeared, temples were built and churches.

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By 1900, gold reserves in the mines began to dry up, and the population of Bodie decreased ten times. In 1917, the railway was dismantled - there were even fewer people in these parts. And after the fire in 1932, the city was almost empty. The last inhabitants left Bodie in 1942, although work in the gold mines continued until the mid-1960s.

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About 200,000 tourists visit the ghost town of Bodie every year.

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In 1962, Bodie acquired the status of California's historic park (Bodie State Historic Park) and is considered the best preserved ghost town in the United States.

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Bodie survived several epidemics. This is reminiscent of an angel in an old cemetery who cries over the grave of four-year-old Emily.

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After the fire of 1932, 110 historic buildings survived in the city, including the miners 'union, school, pharmacy, church, several saloons and shops, a bank and residents' houses with interiors and utensils as they were a hundred years ago. It is better to go to Bodi in spring or summer; in winter, roads may be closed due to snow blockages. A ticket to the park costs $ 5, and an excursion to the gold mine is $ 6.

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