Bodie State Park
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.
The last place in town
At least from this point of view, it appears that this old saloon might be the last place in town.
Bodie was home to an extraordinary number of saloons. It is said that as many as fifty were located on Main Street alone and the town claimed to have had at one time at least one saloon for every one hundred men. In 1879 the Bodie Standard printed that it believed the street had “more saloons in a given length than any thorofare in the world”. One person who had lived in Bodie was recorded as saying that “Nearly everybody drank, and nearly everybody gambled.”
Bodie has many drinking stories. One is about an old alcoholic named Midson, who was thrown out of a saloon one night. He eventually passed out in a snow bank on the side of the road. The next morning someone found him “frozen solid” and not showing signs of life. They brought old Midson in and prompt him by the fire place. After some time Midson miraculously thawed out and with his first breath asked for another drink.
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