Gold was discovered by W.S. Bodey here in the summer of 1859. Bodey attempted to return to the site that fall but died here in a blizzard. However, news of the gold discovery attracted thousands of fortune hunters and millions in gold and silver were extracted, mostly in the 1870s. Bodie once had 60 saloons and dance halls and was known as one of the wildest and most dangerous places in the west. The highest population of the town was 8,500 in the late 1870s, but population declined rapidly in the 1880s as the gold run ended. The town was completely abandoned in the 1940s.
This is what remains of the head frame of the Red Cloud Mine: