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Stories of Bodie

Shot for Four Bits.

In Bodie yesterday, Dave Hitchel, otherwise known as Texas Dave, was shot by a gambler named Jim Stockdave. The bullet penetrated the intestines. Hitchell is in a very low condition. He formerly kept a hotel at Mill Creek, but for the last few months has fallen from grace and degenerated into an opium fiend — … Continue reading »

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Death Takes Ella Cain – January 25, 1966

January 28, 1966 – Death Takes Ella Cain – Mono County Pioneer BRIDGEPORT — Ella M. Cain, Mono County pioneer and author of two books about the county, died Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. at the Mono Medical Center. She was 83. Recitation of the rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Infant of … Continue reading »

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The cyanide leaching process

In the early days of mining, men would extract gold by placer mining, or by panning. Eventually the larger pieces were played out, and a new process was needed to collect the tiny fragments that were embedded into hard rock. One process was the stamp mill. Large, heavy stamps were used to crush large rock … Continue reading »

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“The Mines of Bodie.” – March 17, 1880

Their resources unfolded to the members of the bullion club. The members of the Bullion Club were addressed last evening on the subject of the mines of Bodie, Cal., by Mr. B. B. Minor and Mr. H. O. Callahan. Twelve months ago, the former gentleman said, the reputation of the Bodie district was merely local, … Continue reading »

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Electrification of the Standard Mill

Originally, the Standard Consolidated Mill was run by steam power, but wood was a resource that was expensive and became more expensive as it had to be hauled from further and further away. In November 1892, Thomas H. Leggett convinced James Cain to invest in his idea of transmitting power over a long distance. The … Continue reading »

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The 601 vigilante group and Joseph DeRoche

The 601 vigilante group One of the more famous stories of Bodie concerns the “601 vigilante group”. The notation of “601” is commonly known to mean “6 feet under, 0 trials, 1 rope”. It’s not clear how that meaning came to be, but the history of Bodie is sometimes difficult to “prove” and is more … Continue reading »

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Ford Times – November 1951 – ‘The Bad Man from Bodie’ by Lucius Beebe

Around 1908 the Ford Motor Company began printing a newsletter for its employees, but it became so popular, it was turned into a magazine for the public and featured submissions by popular writers like John Steinbeck and E. B. White, articles about places to drive in the United States and artwork and paintings by now … Continue reading »

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Discovery of the Standard Mine

Note: The following is excerpted from “The Story of Mono County” by Ella M. Cain who was born in Bodie and later taught school there. She was married to David Cain, the son of James S. Cain who was one of Bodie’s early settlers and later one of the principal land owners (his house is … Continue reading »

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Bodie Catholic Church confirmation

This rare, beautiful and colorful document comes from the Catholic church in Bodie. The text reads: Confirmation.Julia Ann Murphy received the holy Sacrament of Confirmation in St. John the Baptist Church, September the 23 1883J. M. CassinBodie, Mono Co., CaliforniaPublished by Fr. Pustet New York. No. 38.   More about the Bodie Catholic Church…

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Misspelling of Bodie

“Incidentally, it is to Robert M. Howland that history is indebted for adopting the spelling “Bodie,” as it has now been for 110 years. Judge J. G. McClinton, who came to Aurora in 1860 on the heels of its discovery and was later a Nevada state senator and presiding judge in the Eighth District, and … Continue reading »

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Mark Wells Cain passes away – December 24, 2010

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mark Wells Cain passed peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 24, 2010 after a long illness. Mark was born Dec. 31, 1949 to James Cain and Liz Burke Cain in Bridgeport, Calif., where he lived until 1994. Mark married his bride, Cindy E. Cain, on May 16, 1981 in Bodie, Calif., at … Continue reading »

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