"A Real Ghost Town."

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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 12:35 pm » by Webcat


I don't know if this has been covered before - I did a search on 'Bodie' and turned up stuff about polar bears! :?

Anyone, I came across this very interesting article about the old mining town of Bodie in California, which is considered America’s best preserved ghost town.

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The town was abandoned after the rush for Gold faded (about the 1950's) and it has remained preserved in time ever since - right down to plates and cups on tables, dry goods in the old shop and books on the children's desks in the school house.

A little history:

The Historic and Haunted Ghost Town of Bodie

The old mining town of Bodie, California is America’s best preserved ghost town. Dating back to 1859, Bodie is literally frozen in time and looked after as an historic park. The town is both authentic and mysterious, with original fixtures, furniture, and personal items in the buildings left untouched since their residents abandoned them.

Bodie abounds with legends of the paranormal, but none more famous than the haunted Cain residence. The man of the house had an affair with their maid. After being publicly disgraced, the unfortunate maid took her own life and reportedly haunts the house.

The Cain house is open to the public and has provided accommodation for park rangers. People have reported ghostly apparitions and strange music. Staying overnight in the house, park rangers and their wives have experienced paranormal events such as hearing strange noises, being paralyzed in bed, and seeing items move by themselves.


But what did interest me was this quote:

The most frightening legend of Bodie is a mysterious curse that follows many visitors after they leave the town. Allegedly, Bodie’s ghosts serve as guardians to the town’s property, casting bad luck and misfortune to souvenir hunters who take anything with them.

Each month, Bodie’s park rangers receive objects and letters from people who admit to taking items and beg the rangers to put them back. The letters tell tales of horrible incidents such as mysterious illnesses, car accidents, and even death.


Apparently those foolish or brave enough to remove the odd souvenir, simply steals trouble - from the numerous spirits and ghosts that still reside in this proper ghost town! Here's a couple of stories:

However, the reports of ghostly activity tend to fall into categories of familiar, well-understood phenomena. Consider, for example, occurrences at the J.S. Cain House at the corner of Green and Park streets. Once the home of a prominent businessman and then the residence of caretakers’ families, it is supposedly haunted by the specter of a Chinese woman, possibly a maid who worked for the Cains (Hauck 1996).

Reportedly, this “heavy set” Chinese lady appeared to children in their second-floor bedroom. Also, a ranger’s wife stated:

"I was lying in bed with my husband in the lower bedroom and I felt a pressure on me, as though someone was on top of me. I began fighting. I fought so hard I ended up on the floor. It really frightened me. Another ranger who had lived there, Gary Walters, had the same experience, in the same room, except that he also saw the door open and felt a presence and a kind of suffocation." (Myers 1990)

All of these effects are well known and may occur when one’s consciousness shifts into a state between being fully asleep and fully awake. In this condition, seemingly realistic “waking dreams” often occur, involving ghosts, aliens, or other beings. Also in this interim state one may experience “sleep paralysis” in which, although the mind is awake, the body is still in the sleep mode. The sensation of being held or strapped down is a typical consequence (Nickell 2001).


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One man visiting the Bodie cemetery with his little girl noticed her giggling and apparently playing with an unseen entity. This was supposed to be “The Angel of Bodie,” a child who was killed when she was accidentally hit in the head by a miner’s pick (Myers 1990). Actually the dead child was Evelyn, the three-year-old daughter of Albert and Fannie Myers, who died in 1897. Her grave is surmounted by the figure of a child angel, sculpted of white marble (Bodie Cemetery n.d., 5)-an ideal model for a little girl’s imaginary playmate (see figure 2).


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"!Investigator Vaughn Rees examines the tombstone of “The Angel of Bodie,” reportedly one of the resident ghosts."

I'm that surprised more 'Ghost-Hunters' haven't descended on the town or followed up the stories from people who have visited or returned a little something they picked up and were haunted for their troubles!

A couple of videos about the Town.


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Sources:
http://curioushistory.com/page/8#.UcAvfNjt6Mo
http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/bodie
http://www.csicop.org/si/show/curse_of_bodie_legacy_of_ghost-town_ghosts/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEWv7oGUJmQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vey2RDJsPsI
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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 12:50 pm » by Rich316


Why steal shit from the 1950's anyway? there's nothing there I'd want. Maybe good for pickers looking to sell stuff.

What a cool place though. man I'd love to visit there!!

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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 12:57 pm » by Webcat


Rich316 wrote:Why steal shit from the 1950's anyway? there's nothing there I'd want. Maybe good for pickers looking to sell stuff.

What a cool place though. man I'd love to visit there!!


Yep, I 'd love to visit! :flop:

What I liked, is that some twit steals a little something to remember the trip by, and gets a ghost turn up or has something nasty happen! :nails:

I would have thought that someone might collate all those stories, and get them on a paranormal site somewhere? :think:

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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 1:36 pm » by Slith


I'm going away this weekend. The place I'm going to offers a ghost walk?????

I'm bringing my camera for sure, but to be honest, this stuff really creeps me out
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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 1:55 pm » by Kinninigan


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as always another nice thread webcat!











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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 4:13 pm » by Flecktarn


i wish we had places like this in the uk ,anything that's old here is covered in spray graffiti or knocked down to make flats ,,looks a great place to visit
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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 4:32 pm » by Webcat


Kinninigan wrote::flop:


as always another nice thread webcat!











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Thanks Kinni! :D

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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 6:30 pm » by Webcat


Chaindrive wrote:Youre sure its not a movie set for "Little house on the prairie II - The California Adventure".? Its too nice to be anything else other then a actual movie set of some kind..


Yeah, its real - its been known about for years. :flop:

I had never heard of it, but I've now had a look around the 'net and its commented on a lot. I put some good sources at the bottom of the OP - if anyone wants to research further.

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PostTue Jun 18, 2013 6:32 pm » by Flecktarn


Chaindrive,, we don't have the wide open space in the uk to have places like this ,all our past has been bulldozed apart from the things that can be used to make money ,,we have plenty of toilets that are haunted though
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