Travel Experience of Ghost Town in the USA- Berlin & Bodie


You can read a ‘ghost town’ expression more and more often.  The country where you can most often meet ghost towns in the United States. Some people are afraid of these places, as the imagination immediately draws them a picture that excites consciousness: cataclysms or explosions and the empty, abandoned streets of the dilapidated old city as the result. However, the following two abandoned towns, once full of life, now attract tourists, soothe by their void, and measured life. Ghosts will not bother you when you travel by car,

Berlin, Nevada

Berlin in the state of Nevada belongs to the cities of the gold-bearing vein. It should be said that it was founded in 1863 when the silver fever was actively flourishing. The mine, around which Berlin grew, was opened only in 1896. At the turn of the century, three hundred people lived and worked in Berlin. In this place in 1900, 75 houses were occupied. A huge number of miners, operating in the mountains, made it fairly quickly growing and rich. However, fast-moving people, who were thinking mostly of earning money, never settled in it, so the largest number of the population remained about 300 people, not taking into account the visitors.

The town ceased to exist during the crisis that happened in the United States in 1907. Banks and trusts went broke one after another, a lot of Americans panicked and thought about the “end of the world.” In 1911, the last silver digger left Berlin, when all banks in America declared bankruptcy, and life in this place began to gradually fade away. Thus, within five years, all people left the city, for the search of a brighter future in big cities.

Bodie, California

The ghost town of Bodie is located in the western part of the USA, in the California district of Mono, near the Nevada state border. Do people say that the history of this place began in 1859 when William Bodie discovered a gold mine near the ?? Lake Mono. According to legend, this man died during a snowstorm, and the members of his family founded a settlement and gave it the name of a gold prospector. In this setting, among the countless saloons and cheap hotels that lined up along Main Street, small fortunes were made in blood and sweat. The workers were having senseless nights in gambling houses, in quarrels and shootouts, just as it is depicted in hundreds of American westerns. Here was its own Chinatown, where the builders of the railway lived, the children went to school, and their mothers went to church.

There was even its own hydroelectric station – an unprecedented achievement of technical progress at that time. At the end of the 19th century, 10,000 local residents visited shops and the red light district, banks and mail, and later only the dwellers of the city cemetery remained there.

By 1900, gold reserves in the mines began to decrease and the population of Bodie rapidly decreased as well. In 1917, the railway was dismantled and after the 1932’s fire, majority of those, who remained at the city, left it as well. Last populations left Bodie in 1942, but which we came to know that works in the gold mines continued until the 60s.

The streets were left to rusty cars, goods remained in the stores, as it was too expensive to export them to other cities, in the casino you can see the gambling tables, in saloons – bar counters and billiards.

 Tourists are attracted by several dozen wooden buildings that were perfectly preserved in the desert dry climate. This town of the Wild West was almost miraculously preserved in its original state. The history of miner’s everyday life is as interesting to the modern inhabitants of different countries as the state history, the history of conflicts or the breakdown of socio-economic formations, which are written in school or university books. This village is visited annually by almost 200 thousand people. Bodie has become a unique open-air museum, a symbol of an important stage of legendary American history.

 Almost all of us have heard of Detroit, the former automobile capital of America, gradually abandoned by hundreds of thousands of residents. This city has long been an illustrative example of the transformation of the once-thriving metropolis into an urban breakup. Meanwhile, in the US, there are dozens, even hundreds of “ghost towns”, left by their inhabitants. More information about summer travel visit our blog.


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