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Sawmill

This small sawmill was probably running quite often. Bodie is above the tree line for the area, which means that all the wood in town needed to be hauled in from other areas. As logs were brought into town and sold, they would end up at sawmills like this one, to be cut up for … Continue reading »

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Gallery : Bodie Store

More… History : Structures : Wheaton and Hollis Hotel and Bodie Store

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Lester Bell House

Lester Bell worked at the Standard Mill and was a long time friend of J. S. Cain‘s. In the 1890’s the cyanide leaching process was developed and Cain and Alex McCone built a cyanide plant for the Standard Mill. After Lester had worked at the Mill for many years, Cain moved him over to the … Continue reading »

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Photosynth : Miners’ Union Hall and Museum

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Boone Store and Warehouse

Chock full of hundreds of interesting artifacts from the years gone by, this 1879 building was owned by Harvey Boone (incidentally, a direct descendant of Daniel Boone!). In July 1884 this building was almost destroyed by a fire that gobbled up the buildings from Boone’s store to Kingsley’s stables – almost the entire block of … Continue reading »

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Bodie Jail

The Bodie Jail was built in 1877 and cost about $800. It’s approximately 14 fett x 18 feet, and has two cells. It’s been written that the jail wasn’t built very well, but it certainly saw a lot of “guests”. Purportedly, only one prisoner ever escaped. Bail was usually $5 for misdemeanors. John Wayne visited … Continue reading »

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Moyle House

The Moyle brothers had a store on north Main Street. Later, George Moyle operated a bottling plant on South Main St.   Back Next Gallery…

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Frank McDonell

In later years, Frank McDonell lived is this house. It’s likely that the spelling of Frank’s name was changed from “Mcdonele” to “McDonell”. The 1920 U.S. Census shows a “Frank D. Mcdonele” living in Bodie, age 30.

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Bodie Schoolhouse

The schoolhouse is one of the better looking buildings in town. It was originally the Bon Ton Lodging House in 1879, but was later converted to the school house, after the first one was burned down. The first school house was burned down by a small boy who had gotten in trouble, and was sent … Continue reading »

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Photosynth : Lottie Johl house

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Johl House

This was the home of Eli and Lottie Johl. Eli came to the U. S. in 1865 from Germany and eventually made his way to Bodie. He and a partner, Charles Donnelly, setup the Union Market butcher shop. Lottie began her time in Bodie as a prostitute, and eventually married Eli. But, because of her … Continue reading »

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Bodie, Then and Now

Main Street in Bodie was bragged to be nearly 1 mile long! That was before a large fire in 1892 that wiped out a significant portion of the town. In 1932, another devastating fire left Bodie pretty much the way you see it today. Approximately 100 structures are still standing, which includes everything from the … Continue reading »

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Photosynth : Bodie, CA

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Pat Reddy

Patrick Reddy was a Bodie lawyer. Yes, he was the one who defended the “Bad Man from Bodie”. On more than one occasion he kept supposedly guilty men from being hanged. Pat was very well known for his abilities as a lawyer, and was called upon often. Mr. Reddy was recorded on the 1880 Census:

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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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Hoover House

This was the home of Theodore and Mildred Hoover. Theodore was the manager of the Standard Mill and lived in this house for about three years. Theodore was the brother of the would-be President Herbert Hoover, who occasionally visited Bodie – but that was long before he was president. At the time, Herbert was working … Continue reading »

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Photosynth : Main Street

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Donnelly House

Charlie Donnelly was a butcher who married English artist Annie Pagdin. Later this house was occupied by E. W. Billeb and his wife Dolly, daughter of James S. and Martha Cain. Mr. Billeb was the last superintendent and manager of the old Bodie and Benton Railroad (later the Mono Lake Railway & Lumber Company). The … 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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Photosynth : Bodie Looking East

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