Methodist Church, Bodie, California DSD0440 Bodie is probably the best ghost town in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town, it prospered until the gold ran out. Now run as a State Historic Park by the State of California, the official policy of its operation and maintenance is 'Arrested Decay'. For a photographer interested in these things, Bodie is terrific. The light changes all the time and color photos come out as toned black and white (except for the white windows - I don't know why they did that).