My visit to a real ghost town!

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Bodie, California is a truly amazing place.

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In the 1880’s this town was booming! Once gold was discovered in 1859 by Waterman S. Body, word spread and people came to settle and strike it rich. By 1879 the population had climbed from about 20 to 10,000!

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The Standard Mine yielded nearly $15 million over 25 years. However, once the mine closed in 1941, residents  moved on to greener pastures.

For unexplained reasons, most of the buildings remain completely furnished with the belongings of their previous residents. It is as if everyone just walked away. It is haunting, but also quite beautiful.

inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

a peek inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

wow!

wow!

the pool hall

the pool hall

Herby had a good time too!

Herby had a good time too! (although she has the classic Boxer “sad face”)

Bodie is now a California State Historic Park and remains untouched. Nothing may be touched or removed from the park. Even the smallest pieces of old glass and rusted tin cans remain in the dirt from generations past. All of the photos I took of interiors were taken through old window panes, as entrance to the buildings is prohibited.

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an amazing discovery inside of the old bank building!

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the lay of the land

‘ the lay of the land

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I highly suggest a visit to Bodie. It was such a great adventure! The natural landscape is truly breathtaking and the town itself is amazing.

I really loved the casual nature of the park as well. Once you pay to enter ($7) you’re basically on your own. There are no guides or paths. You are free to wander and explore as you wish.

Hope you all are out there enjoying the summer and having adventures of your own!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor & other western adventures

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It sure seems like this blog is more about my travels than “vintage things”, but my outings tend to involve historic places and things, so I hope you’re all still interested!

This weekend I visited Nevada’s oldest town, Genoa. The town was founded in 1851 when explorers set up a trading post that attracted fellow travelers and trappers to visit and eventually settle in the area.

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In Nevada’s oldest town is Nevada’s oldest bar…who would have guessed?! It is called the Genoa Bar and is awesome.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

genoa bar plaqueThey claim to have never dusted the bar and I believe them. It is an amazing little building packed to the brim with “stuff”, some really old and some not so much.

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

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We got a few drinks with my boyfriend’s family  (who live nearby) and sat in the sun, enjoying the scenery.

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On our way home from Nevada to California, Derek & I stumbled across this roadside stop that had a photo area too good to pass up!

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I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

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Inside the souvenir shop, I tried on a few hats & drooled over children’s western costumes.

I had to try on this kid's cowboy hat.

I had to try on this kid’s cowboy hat.

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coonskin caps!

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I couldn’t resist..and I think I love it.

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Why is this not in an adult size?!

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Kids get all the cool stuff…….

Once I was through “horsing around” at the souvenir shop, Derek & I headed on to the next town. That town was Placerville, Ca and it was lovely. Here are a few shots of the downtown area.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed these adventures!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal