Legends of Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie is known for weak buildings, dry sagebrush, and whistling desert winds. Bodie is located to the east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The locality looks like wild western backdrop like in movies. But now the situation is completely different. Bodie filled with deserted wood buildings and spirits.

Bodie started as little mining camp after the finding the gold in 1859 by W.S. Bodey. Bodey died in the November and never got to see the rise (and fall) of the town that was named after him. After the gold discovery at Bodie, miracle happened alongside the discovery of silver in nearby Aurora and Comstock Lode. In 1879, Bodie had a growing population of almost 10,000 people after Standard Company dug large deposit of gold ore in 1876, and later it was isolated the mining camp. Bodie’s official downfall began in 1912 with the printing of the town’s final newspaper, The Bodie Miner. In 1914, mining profits were just below $7,000, and mining shares sold off. The last mine closed in 1942 by War Production Board order L-208, which stopped all non-essential gold mines production in the United States during WWII.

Haunting Bodie

By World War II only six people were left in the town, and five of them died unexpected and tragic deaths. One of the male residents shot his wife, and after that three other men killed the husband. According to reports, the spirit of the murdered man said to see the three men, nodding his fist and trying to attack them. All three men died from strange diseases. Another legend says, if visitors take souvenirs from the town, even a pebble, they end up suffering from trouble and catastrophe until the item returned. It's called the ‘Bodie Curse.’

The J.S. Cain House is one of Bodie’s most haunted locations. The maid spirit loves children but hates the adults who accompany them. Adults in the home report feeling pushed or strangled by this entity.

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