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Bodie, California - The town was founded in 1859 by a group of gold prospectors near a mine. In 1876 the Standard Company discovered here a quite big gold-bearing ore and Bodie was instantly converted from a small mining camp to one of California's biggest towns with more than 2,000 buildings. Unfortunately the population of the city dropped quickly after the late 1880s. In 1900 it has 965 inhabitants, and only 90 in 1940.
Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town and interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long road that leads to it is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the most comfortable time to visit is during the summer months.