Ghost Town Bodie: Touching Cemetery

Bodie’s Fenced-In Cemetery at the Edge of Town

Granite Tombstone of Waterman Bodey (town is named after him)

Blue Tombstone of Irishman James Perry

Angel Tombstone of Evelyn Myers

Plain Wooden Tombstone

Obelisk Tombstone of Anthony Thumann

Tombstone of Bodie’s Beloved Prostitute Rosa May

Life in the 1800s in Bodie, California, was tough.  Winters were long with frequent blizzards, 20-foot snowdrifts, and 100 mph winds.  Fierce epidemics claimed many lives.  Gold mining was dangerous, and crime was rampant.  Many residents perished, and they were buried at the edge of town in Bodie’s fenced-in cemetery.  Visitors are welcome to walk through the cemetery and pay their respects to these pioneers of long ago.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Ghost Town Bodie: Touching Cemetery

  1. cindy knoke says:

    This is a fasciinating place and these are great photos!

    • Pam says:

      Thank you! We fell in love with Bodie, and the cemetery was an absolutely fascinating step into history. Standing there, you could feel how special a place it was – there was a real spirit there that keeps us going back again.

  2. Very poignant story and photos. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Pam says:

      Thank you – we really appreciate that. It is a magical place that brings history alive. It transcends time and reaches out and touches you in the quiet moments.

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