The “Ghost Town” of Bodie

September 15th, 2008

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Bodie, California is a true ghost town because the old mining town has been completely deserted, but only by the living that is. The town has been reported to be one of the most haunted historic towns in America with about a dozen ghosts being prevalent to any visitors. The town at one point in the 1870s had up to around 10,000 residents when it was a booming mine town. The last mine shut down after World War II and at that time the town population was down to six. Currently, no one lives in Bodie and the town is a preserved as an historic park containing around 160 structures.

The ghosts in the town are very diversified, including an old lady in a rocking chair, a man who looks at visitors from an upstairs window, and a little girl believed to be killed by a miner by accident has been seen walking in the cemetary. This girl is commonly referred to as the “Angel of Bodie.” There is also a strange ghost of a mule who was apparently killed in 1902 due to a mining accident.The mule was buried in one of the shafts but workers reported seeing the figure from time to time and also heard the clattering of the mule running, and even more interestingly some had reported even being overwhelmed by the stench of fresh mule droppings.

The most dangerous ghosts of the town by far is to believed to be that of a man named Ed. Ed shot his wife in a drunken rage when there were only a handful of people left in Bodie. Three others came and beat Ed to death because of his action. However, about two months the ghost of Ed came back and within weeks all three of this men were killed mysteriously and this was when Bodie truly became a ghost town.

(Source: Cohen, Daniel. Hauntings and Horrors. 2002)

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  1. December 31st, 2011 at 15:22 | #1

    this is true that ghost town is real but there is no any ghost in there
    and don’t be afraid of ghosts

  2. Sarah
    June 28th, 2012 at 13:39 | #2


    I saw your post about the Bodie State Park curse. I am from a high level production company and we are making a television show about curses, specifically the Body State Park curse. If you, or anyone else you know who has been to the park and felt as though they have been cursed, please contact Kendyl. We would like to speak with you if you are interested in coming on the television show.

    Thank you.

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