Silver City Ghost Town – Bodfish, California - Atlas Obscura

Silver City Ghost Town

Bodfish, California

A ramshackle ghost town comprised of old mining-era buildings collected from around the region. 


Just south of Lake Isabella in Bodfish, California sits a collection of old mining buildings arranged around a large courtyard. These ramshackle structures date as far back as the 1850s. They all hail from an era when gold fever struck the region. The towns all quickly became abandoned as gold deposits dried up. The various buildings were collected by the Dave and Arvilla Mills family and were relocated to this site.

The ghost town has been accessible to the public for various periods, most recently reopening in 1992. It exists in a stage of “arrested decay,” as visitors can see the various buildings, housing artifacts, and a few creepy mannequin stand-ins. There is even a town jail that can be visited that has been rumored to be the site of paranormal activity. There are historical notices posted around the town that describe the various buildings while also detailing their origins. 

One of the buildings on the road host a little antique shop with some very unique finds. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for children five to 12, kids five and under get in for free. 

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Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. every day.

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