New Photos from Bodie, California

Bodie, California is a gold mining town first settled in 1876. The town reached a peak of around 10,000 residents in the late 1800’s and began a long slow decline like many other mining boom towns in the West. Luckily the historical significance of Bodie was recongnized, and in 1962 it was designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park.

Western Mining History has a Bodie, California profile page, and a Bodie photo gallery, but I wanted to share a few photos I took in May of this year on a quick trip through this historic mining camp.

Hoist and boiler at Bodie State Historic Park
Hoist and boiler at Bodie State Historic Park

The area around the state park parking lot has a bunch of old mining machinery on display including hoists, boilers, and headframes.

Large bull wheel used in hoisting
Large drive wheel

Just outside the park boundaries, remains of old mines and stamp mills can be viewed up close.

Boiler at site of a stamp mill just outside of Bodie
Boiler at site of a stamp mill just outside of Bodie

The Bodie Bank burned down in a 1932 fire that burned much of the town. The vault is all that remains of the bank.

The vault of the Bodie Bank
The vault of the Bodie Bank

The safe can still be seen in side the vault.

The sage inside the vault of the Bodie Bank
The safe inside the vault of the Bodie Bank

Here’s what the Bodie Bank looked like prior to the 1932 fire.

Bodie Bank prior to the 1932 fire
Bodie Bank prior to the 1932 fire

Bodie is considered one of the best preserved mining-era ghost towns in the West and is a must-vist location for fans of mining history.