While looking at the structures and peering in the windows your imagination will fill in what is missing. Walking down Main St. (even though it was desolate), I heard the hustle and bustle of a thriving town.
A fire set by a young boy is rumored to have destroyed much of the town, but for me the extreme climate would have had me packing.
Check out California State Parks web page for more information on visiting hours. When traveling through the eastern Sierra's add Bodie to your "must see list."