Haunting images of America's best-preserved ghost town

In the build-up to Halloween those hunting for a real-life ghost town need look no further than this haunting spot.

Bodie, Calif. — which can’t be photographed at night without special permission — is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in America, still featuring the abodes of the miners who inhabited it more than 100 years ago.

Matthew Christopher, 39, renowned for his photography of abandoned locations, visited the site numerous times over the past 12 months, capturing the Milky Way glittering above ramshackle houses, clapped-out trucks and stores that once served Bodie’s locals.

The settlement was founded in 1859, following the discovery of gold in the hills east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Caters News)

You can follow Matthew on Twitter at @abandonedameric or Instagram at @abandoned_america.

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Abandoned real-life ghost town

Those hunting for a real-life ghost town in time for Halloween need look no further than this haunting spot. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Bodie, Calif. — which requires special access to photograph at night — is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in America. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Its final residents remained into the 1940s, and in 1962 the property was made into a state park.(Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

It still features the abodes of the miners who inhabited it more than 100 years ago. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Matthew captured the Milky Way glittering above ramshackle houses, clapped-out trucks, and stores that once served Bodie’s locals. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

The settlement was founded in 1859, following the discovery of gold in the hills east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Renowned abandoned location photographer Matthew Christopher, 39, visited the site numerous times over the past 12 months. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Bodie’s prominence did not begin to rise until 1876, when a larger deposit of gold ore drew more settlers, leaving the town with some five to seven thousand inhabitants by 1879. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

“With almost no light pollution, you get a really amazing view.” (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

By 1910, though, other strikes had drawn inhabitants away from Brodie, leaving it with the “ghost town” tag by 1915. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Each place has its own personality or spirit; you want to capture what makes it magical and unique, and what makes you fall in love with it. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

In Bodie’s case, it’s amazing how well preserved it is, how unique it is to have a whole town in arrested decay, and how breathtaking the scenery is. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

Matthew is the author of “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream” and “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.” (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

“It’s a special place, and I hope that people who haven’t been there can get a sense of that otherworldly quality, and maybe fall in love with it too.” (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

People who are fans of ghost towns or have visited Bodie get very excited when they see the images. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned Real-Life Ghost Town

“One thing is remarkably consistent: people who see it remember it for the rest of their lives.” (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

They love the town, and the night photos show a different side that they haven’t seen before. (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

Abandoned real-life ghost town

“It’s hard to imagine how beautiful the town is with the Milky Way visible overhead.” (Photo: Matthew Christopher — Abandoned America/Caters News)

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