Bodie is a popular ghost town in California.
It’s a state historic park and it’s known as the most well-perserved ghost town in the state.
Bodie, Calif., is on my bucket list.
So when someone mentioned recently they’d been for a day drive to Bodie, I got confused. (If you’re a regular reader of our adventures, you know that happens a lot.)
But there’s Bodie, Wash., nestled on the Toroda Creek Road, just 10 miles north of Wauconda.
Bodie, established around 1900, was a mill town. It was the site of a mercantile, a post coffice, a cookhouse, a bunkhouse and a hotel.
Everyone who lived in Bodie, according to GhostTowns.com, worked at the Perkins Milling Company.
The mill processed all the gold taken from the Golden Reward, Bodie and Elk mines. At one time, the Wrigley brothers owned the Bodie mine, says the commemorative sign on site.
Yes! The same Wrigleys of chewing gum fame. Like Big Red and Juicy Fruit!
The mill kept the town going after the mine shut down in 1917. The mine stayed idle until it reopened in 1934. Life picked up and the townspeople restored many of the original buildings, like the one above that doubled as a schoolhouse and a saloon.
But the mine closed again in 1940 and folks deserted Bodie by 1962 when the mill burned down. From 1903 to 1940, the mine turned out $1.3 million.
Bodie is a ghost-town photographer’s gem. But it was only the beginning of a stellar day of hunting.
The satellite dish indicates the farmhouse ghosts are recent residents.
And the cattle are skittish when I approach. They cluster in the corner, away from the click of my shutter.
It isn’t the last of the gems we find after we head north and west of Chesaw.
And this one (which I think looks awesome in black and white):
Finally, this lonely two-storey sits on Chesaw Road. It’s opposite a vital ranching operation with one of those wind chimes that remind me of Twister and tornadoes.
Many of the homes sit behind “Posted” and “No Trespassing” signs.
I have to respect that. It isn’t a good idea for me to get hauled off to the wild west lockup.
But stranger things could happen.