Don’t be scared – we didn’t mean proper ghosts! Bodie Ghost Town isn’t a huge haunted attraction. Nope! When we say ghost town, we mean that it USED to be a hustling, bustling town but then one day the people just left. It’s an incredible experience.
Bodie Ghost Town, otherwise known as Bodie Ghost Town, is a authentic California gold-mining ghost town. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed that all precious gold, which led to the purchase of the mine in 1877. After that, there were fortunes to be made! People FLOCKED to the town and transformed it into a boomtown. At one point it had a population of nearly 10,000 people!
Only a small part of the town survives today, mainly because the buildings are delicate and built from wood. Some of the buildings you can actually walk up and look inside, and still see jackets hanging up, chairs at the dining table, and goods on the shelves. It’s a very bizarre experience! The town is preserved in a state of “arrested decay”, and is only home today to the howling winds (and yes, maybe an occasional ghost…)
You can take a 50 minute walk through one of the most intact Stamp Mills in the state, where kids can learn all about how the gold was extracted from quartz and transformed into bullion bars. You can also see the machine shop, amalgam tables, electrical room and might stamps. There are a maximum of 25 people on these tours so you will be in nice small groups.
A fascinating insight into American history, and kids will literally be stepping back in time to see how a 19th century gold mine town looked – an amazing family day out!