California Festivals


BRIDGEPORT: Friends of Bodie Day

August 12, 2023

13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road (Hwy 270), seven miles south of Bridgeport
Members Dinner $65

August 12 Enjoy an exclusive tour through town after park hours, as Bodie comes to life with tales of the rough and rowdy mining town! The park will NOT be open to the general public after park hours. This event is for MEMBERS ONLY. This tour is free and available to members only. Memberships start at $100.

When the California Department of Parks and Recreation took over Bodie in 1962, its goal was to preserve (in a state of arrested decay) the abandoned, gold rush era town in the Eastern Sierras. In its heyday there were 10,000 residents living in Bodie.

Approx. 200 buildings still exist, including hotels, the Standard Stamp Mill, a jail, the Miners Union Hall, outhouses, the Methodist church, and several houses. Visitors can peer inside the buildings and walk through the Miller House. There's a museum, visitor center (open May to October) and daily tours of Standard Stamp Mill showing the gold extraction process from quartz. Take a 50 minute walk through one of the most intact Stamp Mills in California. You will learn how gold was extracted from quartz and turned into bullion bars. You will see the machine shop, electrical room, amalgam tables and the mighty stamps.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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