America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Courtesy California State Parks Copyright ©2010

Old mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: America's ghost towns make for a hair-raising detour.

Bodie, California

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This former gold town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the California-Nevada border, had nearly 10,000 residents in the late 1870s, as well as saloons, a red-light district, and possibly even opium dens. The town is named for Waterman S. Body, who had discovered small amounts of gold in the hills north of Mono Lake. Its slow decline lasted well into the 20th century, with its post office finally closing in 1942. Today, Bodie is in “arrested decay” but still has stocked stores. Just be sure not to shoplift: bad luck supposedly befalls anyone who makes off with anything from the site.

Closest Civilization: Lake Tahoe, about 75 miles away.

America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Bodie, California

This former gold town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the California-Nevada border, had nearly 10,000 residents in the late 1870s, as well as saloons, a red-light district, and possibly even opium dens. The town is named for Waterman S. Body, who had discovered small amounts of gold in the hills north of Mono Lake. Its slow decline lasted well into the 20th century, with its post office finally closing in 1942. Today, Bodie is in “arrested decay” but still has stocked stores. Just be sure not to shoplift: bad luck supposedly befalls anyone who makes off with anything from the site.

Closest Civilization: Lake Tahoe, about 75 miles away.

Courtesy California State Parks Copyright ©2010
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