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Heitzmann, Joshua "Josh" *
State Park Peace Officer - (Ranger), Sierra District - Alpine-Mono Sector - Bodie SHP / Mono Lake Tufa SNR
PO Box 515, Bridgeport, CA 93517 and, P.O. Box 99, Lee Vining, CA 93541
760.616.5040 phone 1
760.616.5045 phone 2
760.647.6486 fax

Davis, Brandy
Permit Coordinator - Buildings / Facilities / Central & Northern California Parks, California Film Commission - as of 7.16.2018 & 1.25.2019
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 900, Hollywood, CA 90028 USA
323.860.2960 x 106 phone 1
323.860.2972 fax

Jackson, J. Taylor
Supervising Ranger, Bodie State Historic Park - California State Parks
760.616.5040 phone 1

* key contact

Bodie State Park
Friends of Bodie // 760.647.6465

Keywords: Chapels; Dance Floors; Desert; Flooring - Wood Floors; Hills; Mountain; Public Restrooms; Unpaved Roads

Site Condition: Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, 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. 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, howling winds and an occasional ghost.

General Notes: updated 5.2.2010 / 7.22.2010 mm / 11.17.2011 / 10.16.2012/ 11.12.2014 / 8.12.2014 / 1.10.2014 / 4.23.2015 / 9.18.2015 lm / 10.23.2015 lb / 1.12.2016 lb / 3.3.16 gb / 7.27.17 lb / 12.13.2019 lm

Usage Restriction: Open year around. 9 am to 6 pm in summer; 10 am to 3 pm in winter (beginning October 1, 2009 through late spring 2010), or as posted. Museum open daily during summer. The park is closed during periods of inclement weather. CLOSURE HOURS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR THE PROTECTION OF STRUCTURES AND ARTIFACTS.


Within 30-mile Zone: N

State Property: Y

Closed / Vacant: N

Building Materials: Wood

Location Details

Bodie State Historic Park (SHP)

United States / Lee Vining, California
Location ID: #1848
California's most notorious gold-mining town, Bodie attracted miners, gamblers, prostitutes and hotel operators. Now it is the best-preserved ghost town in the West. This State historic park is located in a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. It is a historical monument. The landscape includes hills; mountain; deserts and barren land.

Location Category:

  • CEMETERIES / FUNERAL - [General];
  • CEMETERIES / FUNERAL - Chapel / Church;
  • CITIES, TOWNS & PUBLIC SPACES - Historic Districts;
  • CITIES, TOWNS & PUBLIC SPACES - Western / Mining / Ghost Towns;
  • GOVERNMENTAL - [General];
  • GOVERNMENTAL - Prisons & Jails;
  • INSTITUTIONAL - [General];
  • INSTITUTIONAL - Churches;

Location Address

Bodie Rd
13 miles off Hwy 395, 6 miles south of Bridgeport
Lee Vining, California
County: Mono
Region: *Northern
Phone: (760) 647-6445
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