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Bodie began as a mining camp following the discovery of gold in 1859 by a group of prospectors.
By 1879, Bodie had a population of approximately 5000-7000 people and around 2,000 buildings (including 65 taverns.) Main street was 1 mile long.
A fire ravaged much of the downtown business district in 1932 and was rebuilt.
Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once was a bustling area of activity. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods.
Bodie is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park. A total of 170 buildings remained.
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