First you feel like you are driving in the middle of nowhere to reach the park. Then you get to the entrance of the park to pay and you feel like you stepped back in time. The park’s history is interesting if not borderline eerie. The park is in a state of decay but still worth visiting for an afternoon. If the environment and the state of decay continue pretty soon the park will just disappear and go back to its wildness.
Bodie is truly a California gold-mining ghost town. The park has a feeling of desertion and desolation and you stop and wonder “Where did all the people go?”. At one time nearly 10,000 people lived there and mined for gold. The town boomed and on my visit I wondered silently if there was still gold to discover in this area. Or the people stripped the land of gold and disappeared (moved on). I did not experience any paranormal activities while visiting the park, but I wanted to know more about its history and of course where did everyone go.
If you look in the houses the tables are set for a meal and the general store is stocked with merchandise ready for sale. The mannequin in the window of the general store needs to be dressed. The school is probably where I felt something more profound than any other part of the park. Maybe because children are so innocent and carefree and at times eager to learn. The only thing identifying the seedy part of town is a street marker, marked “Maiden Lane Virgin Alley”. The jail is just down from the seedy part of town and the bank is a little further down from the jail and still contains the bank vault.
Bodie is a great part of American History and continues to live on through visitors coming explore the park. You almost want to step back in time during its heyday and really see it come to life.