14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The End of the Rush

Bodie, California flourished as a gold mining town in the 1880's to 1890's. But by 1915 it was a ghost town after its inhabitants abandoned it and their shattered dreams. Today, as a National Historic Landmark, it remains in arrested decay. The 116-year-old Standard Mill is mostly intact, including this crucible from which melted gold was poured into ingot molds.

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Date Taken: 11.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Bodie, California, United States of America
Copyright: © Carla DeDominicis