My first and only visit to Bodie State Historic Park was this past October. I have seen many photographs taken of the ghost town in the Eastern Sierras as it is a favorite location for photographers. The town of Bodie became a boom town when gold was discovered there in 1876. By 1879, the population of the town had grown to almost 7,000 people with almost 2,000 buildings, including 65 saloons (quite a change from the few people that lived there just three years before). By 1880, the decline of the gold reserves along with the town were on the decline. By 1910, the town's population was less than 700. The town is now a state park and is the official ghost town of California. This photo is from one of the remaining 170 remaining buildings.