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Bodie buildings today, Kathy Weiser, July, 2009.
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Bodie abound, including the Bodie Curse. Supposedly, if
visitors take anything from this old
ghost town – even a pebble, they will
be cursed with bad luck. Misfortune and tragedy are heaped upon the
victim until the stolen item is returned. According to Park Rangers,
many who have taken things eventually return them to the park to rid
themselves of this curse. Purportedly, the park maintains a log book
of pages and pages of returned items. In the museum, you can see the
letters from people who have returned items to the park. The curse
is supposedly perpetuated by the ghosts of Bodie who
guard against thieves and protect its treasures. Some believe that
the "curse” is nothing more than a superstition perpetuated by the Park
Rangers to preserve
Bodie as a
historic site. However, I for one wouldn’t take the chance of being
haunted by the long lost souls of Bodie.
legends have seemingly occurred in this
that is said to truly be a "ghost” town, remaining home to several
restless spirits. The J.S. Cain house at the corner of Green and
Park streets is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Chinese maid. Families of Park Rangers, who have occupied the house, describe the spirit
as not liking adults, but loves children.
Adults sleeping in the house have said that
they will awake in the night to find the "heavy set” Chinese woman sitting
on them. Feeling suffocated, one woman fought so hard that she
ended up on the floor. Others have reported seeing the bedroom door
opening and closing on its own.
Gregory House is also said to be haunted by the ghost of an old woman. Guests and staff have reported seeing her sitting in a rocking chair,
knitting an afghan. At other times, the rocking chair has been seen
rocking on its own accord.
House is called home to several friendly ghosts. One is thought to
Mrs. Mendocini who loved to cook her Italian food. Rangers report
today that they often smell the delicious aroma of her cooking when they
enter the house. Others have reported party-like sounds coming from
the next room and children’s laughter of children.
At the Dechambeau House, visitors have seen a
woman peering from an upstairs window.
Cemetery is "The Angel of Bodie,” a
three-year old child that was said to have been accidentally killed when
she was hit in the head by a miner’s pick. Her grave is mounted with
a white marble angel and on one occasion a man visiting the cemetery with
his little girl, noticed that she was giggling and seemingly playing with
an unseen entity.
one of the largest and best preserved
ghost towns in the
West. Its over 200 buildings are maintained in a state of what is termed
"arrested decay." Many original items are displayed in these old
buildings. When people moved out after the fire of 1932, they
packed what they could get in their wagon or truck, and the rest was
just left behind. Only about 10% of the original buildings still
stand; however what is left looks much the same as it did over 50
years ago when the last residents left.
There are no permanent residents in the
town except park employees. In this original
town you will find no tourist traps, restaurants, or recreated
saloons. The only business is the
Museum, which is free to the public and offers books, postcards and
Along the west slope of Bodie
Bluff, you can see the Standard Mine and Mill. Most of the inner
workings are still intact, some of which the public can see during a
guided mill tour during summer months.
State Park is open year round weather permitting. At an
elevation of almost 9,000 some connecting roads may be closed in the
winter. The Bodie
Museum, located in the old Miner’s Union Hall building, is open from
May through October.
is 50 miles south of Lake Tahoe,
seven miles south of Bridgeport off of Highway 395. Turning on
Bodie is 13 miles east. Highway 270 is open only
sporadically in the winter time and is not paved for the final three
miles to Bodie.
There are several roads leading out of Bodie but
these are better left traveled in four-wheel drive vehicles.
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