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2nd Place 2023 Special

Bodie - Ghost Town

  • Photographer
    Deryk Baumgärtner
  • Agency / Studio
    Deryk Baumgaertner Photography
  • Prize
    2nd Place in Special

Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed a rich vein of ore, 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. In 1881, Bodie's "bust" began and the town's population declined drastically. The town's population continuing to decline until only a few remained. Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of "arrested decay." Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a Sta