Bodie, California

Your Resident Photographer occasionally travels out of Ventura County to take photos in other parts of California. Recently, my sojourn led me to discover the old mining town of Bodie, a place that was once so lawless that the Reverend F.M. Warrington described it as “…a sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion.” There is little evidence of that lifestyle today, but the relatively-intact community is in a state of “arrested decay.” Some of the homes look as though the residents just stepped away for a while. The yards are overgrown, there are rusting carcasses of vehicles left in place, and, in some cases, curtains are still hanging in the windows, albeit a little worse for wear. There are certainly enough artistically collapsed buildings to delight any photographer.

At one point, Bodie was in danger of becoming just another casualty of time and vandalism. However, Bodie is now part of the California State Park system and is officially designated as a State Historic Park. Park rangers live on the premises and make repairs, as necessary, using materials as close to the originals as possible. The road to Bodie is not for the faint-hearted as the last three miles of the road are unpaved, making for a very slow, very bumpy ride. Should you decide to brave the perils of the unpaved road, be prepared to bring your own food and water since there are no amenities in this ghost town.

If you would like to travel to Bodie, the Sierras, or explore California in general, Foster library can help you plan your expedition.

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez