Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
In 1859 William S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff in California. Some records show that a "Wm. Body" took a ship from New York, around the horn to end up in San Francisco. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880!
The mixture of money, gold and alcohol would often prove fatal. Newspapers report that towns people would ask in the mornings "Have a man for breakfast?" Meaning 'Did anyone get killed last night?'
By 1920, Bodie's population was recorded by the US Federal Census at a total of 120 people.The last mine closed in 1942. In 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park. A total of 170 buildings remained.Bodie has been named California's official state gold rush ghost town.