Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California. Bodie began as a mining camp of little note following the discovery of gold in 1859 by a group of prospectors, including W. S. Bodey.
Bodie's golden years didn't last long. By 1882, it had already started to decline as several smaller mining companies went bankrupt. Then a devastating fire in 1932 wiped out 90% of the town's buildings and people moved out. Despite the declining population and diminishing profits, some of the mines continued operating until the war forced them to close in 1942.