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The American West has long been an inspiration to those seeking adventure. With wild prairies and rugged peaks, only the toughest and truest ventured to uncharted territories for the promise of opportunity and good fortune over a century ago.

At Western Rise we pay homage to these pioneers, their journeys and the legacy they left behind. Their towns now lost, but their adventurous spirits live on.


Bodie, California is one of the country's largest ghost towns.

Established after the discovery of gold in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, Bodie was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Only five percent of Bodie's structures are still standing, but considering how large Bodie was, that's over 150 buildings.


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