Spread across the landscape of a high, remote valley east of California's Sierra Nevada, the historic gold mining town of Bodie - one of the richest gold strikes in California - was once known as the most lawless, wildest and toughest mining camp in the west. But Bodie's heyday was short-lived. A disastrous fire in 1932 destroyed all but 10% of the town, and by the 1940's it faded into a ghost town. In 1962, the small part of the town that survived the 1932 fire was designated a State Historic Park. What remains of the town of Bodie, preserved in a state of "arrested decay", exists as it did when the last residents left.