The settlement, with an initial population of 30 people, quickly grew to 5,000. The town was actively developing and banks, churches and restaurants were built. As is often the case with cities built around mines, the life of Bodie ended up with gold reserves. The city began to empty in 1900. As the amount of gold dwindled, people began to leave, and a fire in 1932 almost completely devastated it. The history of the settlement ended in 1942, when the last inhabitants left, and the railway was removed.
Now Bodie is one of the few remaining well-preserved ghost towns and has turned into a landmark and has even acquired the status of a historical park. Every year 200,000 tourists come here.