Kern River Valley

Silver City Ghost Town is mix of Kern River Valley history, spooky fun

Silver City Ghost Town is mix of Kern River Valley history, spooky fun

BODFISH, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Something spooky lurks in the Kern River Valley town of Bodfish.

Purchased and restored by owner and curator J. Paul Corlew in 1988, the Silver City Ghost Town is composed of a series of historical buildings from all over the Kern Valley. There's an old saloon, a jailhouse, some frontier-era shops and a couple of houses from the time.

And, according to Corlew, the town is haunted.

The Silver City Ghost Town has been featured on Bio HD, A&E, The History Channel and in dozens of film shoots, music videos and commercials, according to its Facebook page.

Dave and Arvilla Mills moved the buildings onto the plot of land during the 1960s and '70s, and Corlew said he believes spirits from beyond hitched a ride with the structures.

Initially a skeptic, Corlew said he converted after a few life-changing paranormal experiences in the Silver City Ghost Town.

"I actually saw the spirit of a little boy standing at the front gate one time," Corlew said during a Saturday night tour. "When something like that happens, it erases all doubt."

Corlew and his paranormal investigation team hold chilling tours focused on the history of the buildings and their ghostly inhabitants. They call it a Lantern Light Tour and Ghost Hunt.

Silver City Ghost Town is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturdays) May 15 through Oct. 14. The town is only open weekends the rest of the year.

Lantern Light Tour and Ghost Hunt events have been scheduled for Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 13 and 28, and Oct. 5, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31.