There’s a story about a little girl whose family was moving from San Francisco to Bodie; Depending on who tells it, she wrote in her diary either: “Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie”-or-“Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie”.
This town was probably one of the most lawless towns in the US. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880! By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world.
I went there with 3 other photographers (Diane Le Fevre, Doug Turner and Jeff Schewe), and hopefully we managed to improve the town’s reputation, but I’m not so sure about the other visitors.