18th Century gold rush mining town Bodie California
The image describes The Old West Saloon. The image also mainly shows the 18th Century Gold Rush Mining Town Bodie California. The image mainly tries to explain the events that were happening in California in the 18th century. Bodie was a minor town in California that was mainly developing because of the mining activities that were taking place in the town. Many people in California do not know much information about the historic events that were taking place in the city. Bodie was mainly inhabited by the ancient Indians until when a big number of workers started arriving in the town when it was discovered that the town had numerous deposits of gold beneath it. This mass migration of workers is what could be referred to as Gold Rush.
The population of Bodie rose to about 10,000 people in the 18th century. However, the town was later to be famous because of its wild living that was signified by numerous saloons and breweries that were distributed in the main street. After 1882 the town began to decline because the rich mines were beginning to decline and the mining companies were beginning to go bankrupt. Two major fires ravaged the city in 1892 and in 1940. These fires made the town to fade and the town has been left a ghost town. Today the town has been left bare and scaring. The town stands just as time and the fires have left it.
In 1962, the town was preserved as a state historic site that has attracted many local and international tourists. The government has protected about 200 buildings. These buildings stand on a remote land that is about 1000 acres. Bodie gives the tourists a good insight into the gold-rush period.
The image is shot with a Hasselblad medium format camera at a whopping 65 meg digital back for extremely high-resolution photograph suitable for fine art printing.
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Gear: Hasselblad H2 Phase One P65+, Rodenstock lens.
Settings: ISO 50.