Bodie Ghost Town
Nestled between the backbone of California and the plains of Nevada lies the isolated ghost town of Bodie. Once home to countless brothels, saloons and murders, Bodie is a living relic that symbolises the greed and excess of the 19th century gold rush. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the eerie Mono Lake, it took us half an hour to drive down the 10 miles dirt road, reaching the little town in a cloud of sand and dust. Bodie itself is now only a fragment of what it used to be, after two fires ravaged through it in the late 18th century.
Today you can wander through the remaining streets and peer through windows at abandoned homes. Toiletry bottles lie next to children’s toys and clothes, while food tins and bottles line the kitchen worktops and beds remain empty and dishevelled. Bodie’s history is dark and rich and desparate, and I doubt the world will see a place like it again.