Best known for its 20-below winters, scorching summers and trigger-happy “bad men,” Bodie was once one of the most active mining camps in the West. The town flourished between 1878 and 1882 with over 30 operating mines, its own narrow-gauge railroad and a population of about 10,000. Among the inhabitants, Bodie’s infamous gunmen stood out, their fights and robberies good material for local newspapers. Despite its reputation as “the wildest camp in the West,” Bodie was the most productive gold district in the Basin Ranges. The town faded after 1882, its decline hastened by two major fires, but some mining continued until World War II.