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The last place in town by Phillip M. Burrow

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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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Welcome, my name is Phillip, and I’d like to thank you for visiting my gallery. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, which is located in the southeast region of the United States.

Several years ago I rediscovered my long lost passion, and entered the much cleaner digital world of photography. I enjoy photographing nature, landscapes, and historical subjects.

If you would like to see more of my images please visit my blog at

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  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful image Phillip!

  • Thank you John!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • charlie murray
    charlie murrayover 4 years ago

    cool !!!!!!

  • Thank you Charlie!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    OH WOW!!!!!! Phillip … this is OUTSTANDING!!!! HAS to be seen on full size!!!! That building is incredible … and those clouds!!!!!! This truly is astounding!!!! Loved reading the bit of history, too!!! A fave for sure!!!

  • Wow Lois, thank you for such a wonderful comment!
    (PS – as we discussed your check is in the mail. LOL)

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 4 years ago

    Wondeful image,treatment and story to go with it

  • I appreciate it Hans!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Nicely done Phillip

  • Thank you so much Yani and Renata!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Phillip, love the tones…excellent work!

  • I really appreciate it Kerry, thank you!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh, forgot to tell you … my rates have gone up a bit … you’ll get the memo tomorrow. : ))

  • Great Lois – just send it to my secretary at our new address. :0)

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Lozzar Landscape
    Lozzar Landscapeover 4 years ago

    Great image/capture.

  • Thank you Lorraine!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • sibel
    sibelover 4 years ago

    Great image !

  • I appreciate it Sibel!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    excellent work

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

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