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Anotherr location in which U2 had many pictures taken for 'The Joshua Tree album, in December 1986. Bodie takes its name from a gold digger named W.S. Bodie who in 1859, i.e. at the very hight of the gold rush, found gold here. At its peak the town had more than 10.000 inhabitants, but already in 1882 a great exodus began. Today Bodie is on of the biggest and best preserved ghost towns in the west. It still contains more than 170 buildings and is a paradise for photographers. There are no tourist shops or the like.

Bodie is under the administration of the 'California Department of Parks and Recreations', and in summer is open from 8am to 7pm, in winter from 8am to 4pm. Tickets are $2 for adults.


Bodie lies within the Basin Range, in the eastern parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 13 miles east of U.S. Highway 395 in California. GPS-Coordinates: N 38.2122 / W 119.0111


Californiakarte Nr. 5 | Bodie lies 13 miles east of Highway 395, on Highway 270, which is 6 miles south of Bridgeport. After 10 miles the tarred road ends, to continue on gravel for another 3 miles. In winter Highway 270 is only sporadically open.

Note: Make sure to refuel and take some food, as there are no facilities to do so in Bodie!


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