The first one I ever visited was Calico, a California ghost town on the way to Las Vegas, and it was amazing. According to many, however, Calico is not "authentic." It was owned by Walter Knott (of Knott's Berry Farm, of course!) and many of the buildings are replicas, rather than true relics. Thus, it was decided that I had to visit a real ghost town. Our choice: Bodie, California. Bodie has a rich and storied history that epitomizes how we think of "the Wild West," and I highly recommend a visit - but hurry, before the Governator closes the park! (Now that's scary.)
The road to Bodie.
Abandoned cars. (People lived in Bodie until the 1930s!)
The church, where a scroll featuring the Ten Commandments was stolen.
Two interior shots of the town mortuary.
The old schoolhouse.
The old stamp mill.