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At the T.E. meeting, based out of Lee Vining, we decided to venture to the "ghost town" of Bodie, a California State Park. A ghost town is a place that has been abandoned, but the town is still intact, leaving one with the feeling it must be inhabited by someone that cannot be seen, hence ghosts. Bodie had been a mining town and the ore had just run out, becming too invaluable to support the operation of the mines.

If there were ghosts in Bodie it would seem that the cemetary, frequently referred to as "Boot Hill" in the Old West, would be the place from which they arose to rattle chains and other ghostly tricks. I did not witness any such shenannigans, but perhaps their "graveyard shift" started after dark.

It was interesting to note that some graves, like the one in the foreground, were marked only by wooden fences and a plank for a headstone, while others had quite ornate headstones, and still others were family plots. Some were kept up quite well, while many had fallen into disrepair. The latest burial date I observed was 2003, so this is still an active site for internment, making this the most lucrative business still active in Bodie, except for tourism, of course.

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Additional Photos by Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 12 N: 383] (930)
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