Continuing the theme from Halloween and All Soul’s Day, today is the last day of the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. The following is some of the text and a couple of my photos posted on our library’s blog:
While wandering among the ruins of the town of Bodie, and the headstones in the cemetery, yours truly ran into one of the rangers who work in the park. He told me that the cemetery used to be in the lower-lying area where the entrance kiosk is currently located. Unfortunately, that area is swampy in the spring, which had unfortunate consequences for the inhabitants of the old cemetery. The cemetery was moved to its current location on a hill, where the interred have a lovely view overlooking the town of Bodie.
Right outside the graveyard there is a brick building which housed the hearses used for funerals. It was also used to store bodies during the winter when the ground was too frozen to dig graves.
One of the most poignant stories involves the “Angel of Bodie”, 3-year old Evelyn Myers, who died when she was accidentally hit in the head with a miner’s pick axe. Some people have reported that she haunts the cemetery, looking for other children to play with. Her grave is marked by a sculpture of a child angel. There have also been reported sightings of a woman seen looking out a window on the second floor of the Cain House, an old woman seen rocking in a chair in the Gregory House, and the smell of cooking coming from the Mendocini House, as well as other unexplained occurrences.
If you ever do decide to visit Bodie, do not remove any artifact even if it doesn’t look like it will be missed. The story goes that the ghostly residents of Bodie protect the site and anyone who removes anything from the town is doomed to misfortune until they return what they have taken. The rangers routinely receive items in the mail that remorseful visitors have removed so it is quite possible there is some substance to the “Bodie Curse”.