Platinum Winner

Bodie Ghost Town

Photographer

Deryk Baumgärtner

Category

Architecture Photography - Historic

Company

Deryk Baumgärtner Photography

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2024

Country / Region

Germany

Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town.



In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed a rich vein of ore, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown. In 1881, Bodie's "bust" began and the town's population declined drastically. The town's population continuing to decline until only a few remained.



Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of "arrested decay". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists who continue to travel to Bodie from all over the world, just as they did back in Bodie's boom years.

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