Taking the long way back from a visit to Lake Tahoe, we drove over the Sierra Nevada to my beloved 395. The day unplanned I suggested we visit Bodie. I hope the pictures do this little adventure back in time some justice!
A view of the Sierra Nevada near Bridgeport
We took backroads – Aurora Canyon Road from Bridgeport which turned into Bodie Masonic Road
First glimpse of the desolate landscape and a desolate town
“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” Lord Acton
Peering through windows and squinting in wonder
My imagination lifts the dust to a bustling kitchen
What blowing clouds and starry nights you’ve withstood
It’s no classic cathedral of Europe but the intricacies are just as fascinating
Can you believe, Bodie rivals Barrow (Alaska) for the place with the most nights below freezing in the USA
Some buildings are recreated, renewed, reborn, like this one was during its hey-day
The gold mine glowed for a little while. Bodie boomed from late 1877 through late 1880
By reflecting on history we can better reflect on the potential of the future
Old wood what stories you have
Peering in to peeling wallpaper
Some things never change, at least in our short lifetimes
Murders and thieving, brawls and bar fights were common (blame the weather and lack of trees?)
On a lighter note, Ghiardelli’s Chocolate is still going strong
You can prop up history all you like, but eventually the truth comes out…
Someone still lives here. A parks ranger, full time. What an existence.
I’ve never been to such a living museum. Many of the buildings are how they were found when people just up and left. Unfortunately so is the environment with tailings ponds and open mindshafts left like scar tissue around this place that glimmered high on the plateau in the late 1800s.
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