Somewhere east of the Sierra Nevada, in the state of California, lies Bodie. An American boom town turned ghost town.
It is the sheer emptiness but then again the beauty of the well kept remains of the once well faring town - named after the pioneer W.S. Bodey, who found gold in 1859 during the Californian Gold Rush.
Back in the day, after the Standard Company found a large geological gold vein in the mountains surrounding Bodie, the town became known far and wide. During its peak, it had as much as 60 active saloons with murder and fights being the everyday business.
Moreover, Bodie even had its very own 'Chinatown'. Temple and all included! Still, the Chinese weren't as much interested in the gold as they were in the business opportunity that is a boom town.
Selling food, keeping a laundry shop and selling wood were the most common Chinese trades. The latter actually was a very interesting one regarding the fact that it could get very cold and the winds very nasty at an height of over 2000 meters in the Sierras.
Nonetheless, The Standard Company build the very first electrical installation that was able to produce as much as 6600 volts or 130 HP. The electricity was provided by cables, stretched over a considerable length. Obviously, the installation was used to pursue the mining of gold ore with the Standard Mill.
Anyway, shortly after 1880, mining activities declined. It became clear that the gold vein, discovered by W.S. Bodey in 1959 was all but exhausted. From that moment on, things went sideways. The once wealthy town - which counted more than 10.000 heads - shrunk to less than half of its peak population.
Multiple mining companies went bankrupt, most people packed up and left for better opportunities. Just two major mining companies decided to stay. They put together their efforts and merged into one company. Another 30 small mining businesses stayed as well.
Two short years after the beginning of the new decade, Bodie was ravaged by a major fire, destroying most of the central business district. Some 40 years later, a little kid unintentionally caused a fire whilst playing with matches, destroying 95% of Bodie's buildings.
Even further decline was a result of the prohibition act - prohibiting the consumption of alcohol - and the Great Depression. Still, some people remained in Bodie till after the Second World War and the last producing gold mine - The Lucky Boy - was shut down.
in its final days, only 6 people called themselves proud citizens of Bodie and according to unclaimed sources they all died quite notoriously.
According to legend, one of the remaining men shot his wife, after which the three other men killed the murderous husband. Not long after the events, all three men died of illness turning Bodie in the ghost town it is today, visited by thousands every year.