Bodie – a gold rush town in the Eastern Sierras – was known across the nation as being second to none for wickedness, badmen, and the “worst climate out of doors”.
Murders, stage robberies, and street fights were as plentiful as the gold – “A sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion” so described by the Reverend F. M. Warrington about the town.
Bodie was abandoned nearly as fast as it began, leaving a ghost town in its wake. It became a state historic park in 1962, and is preserved in a state of “arrested decay”.
All photos taken by Sarah Eakins using fuji FP100c silk film and a polaroid land 450 camera except for the starred items.
*Concept: Sarah Eakins / Photographer: James Eakins