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In its state of arrested decay, the town of Bodie in California takes us back in time for a glimpse of a real Wild West town. Gold was discovered in the area in 1859, and a mill established by 1861. The town started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated population of more than 8,000 people by 1880, making it at the time one of the most highly populated towns in California.

Although only a handful of rangers live here now, Bodie is alive with the memories and stories of its townspeople and the lives they led. Behind the dust, shadows, and loneliness of the place, imagination fills the gap. Sometimes, the town appears to be frozen in time, the people from its boom and bust heyday strangely absent. At other times, one can't help but make comparisons with the present day and wonder at how much -- or how little -- things have changed.

These photographs represent my personal journey to Bodie. I hope they give you an insight into this historic and remarkable place, both indoors and out, a perspective beyond the ordinary tourist view or a too-brief peek through the windows.

The first 12 images are exhibited at ModernBook Gallery as part of:

An Exhibition by Bay Area Photographers

To purchase any of the images shown here, please contact Modernbook Gallery.

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Lottie's HouseSewing Machine and ChairTexture, Light, and ShadowsTeacher's DeskOrgan at School HouseShoe Shine StationMail Sorter - Light and ShadowsBodie FirehouseTom Miller's KitchenCameron's House Living RoomIntersectionStamp MillArriving StormAny Given SundayThe Last StopBodie MorningTimeless BodieWindows to the Past