Bodie is one of America's most famous ghost towns. To me this looked like the first Las Vegas in a way. Bodie began as a mining camp of little note following the discovery of gold in 1859 by a group of prospectors led by William S. Bodey. Bodie attracted people from all over who heard about the thriving gold rush around the area and in the following years the town saw a boom of almost 7,000 residents and 1,000 buildings. Shootings, robberies, and stagecoach holdouts were a very common daily occurrence in the city labeled the "Sea of Sin". As one of the most bustling mining towns of it's time, Bodie had the amenities of a larger city. This included.... *A Wells Fargo Bank *Four Fire Departments *A railroad *A town brass band *Miners' and mechanics' unions *Several daily newspapers *Two jails *A post office *A gymnasium *Cemetery *A Red Light District with numerous brothels and prostitute rows. *A Chinatown that included a Taoist temple and Opium dens *Numerous markets and restaurants *Luxury hotels *Private and public casinos *A mile long Main street that included 65 saloons After making millions in gold and ore, Bodie mines were just about exhausted and started to decline in the late 1800's and early 1900's. By 1920 census listed the population at around 200 people. Bodie lasted until about the late 1930's before being deserted. Vandalism, fire and decay have claimed most of the once bustling town and it's buildings over the years. Almost all the towns roads are covered by grass now. Some buildings still stand with products still on the shelves and shows a picture of it's last day alive as a town.