“Ghost Town” – Bodie, California

Most every old western from the 1960’s featured a “ghost town” complete with an abandoned saloon, a ramshackle hotel, a rickety old blacksmith shop and perhaps a rusty old sign swinging in the wind as tumbleweeds rolled hither and yon. Well, today’s picture by photographer Petr Kovar features a “real-life” ghost town that just happens to be one of the most photographed places in the country: Bodie, California.

Like a number of similar towns of its era, in the late 1870’s Bodie went from being just another little sleepy outpost to a veritable boom town virtually overnight thanks to the discovery of a rich deposit of gold ore. And just like most of those other gold-induced boom towns, when the gold had all been mined out Bodie’s “boom” reverted to “bust” just as quickly.

In my humble opinion, this image depicts one of the “Gold Rush” era’s most enduring icons just perfectly. Do you agree?

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