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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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Once a Rowdy town of 10,000, Bodie now has only specters of its past

Transcribed from the Lewiston Morning newspaper Lewiston, Idaho, Sunday, July 12, 1959 From Bodie to Garfield – E. W. Billeb, a New Yorker who fled Wall Street in 1907 to try his luck in a Nevada silver rush, stands beside a memorial marker at Bodie Calif., a onetime boom town that now is a ghost … Continue reading »

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Breathing new life into Bodie

KEEPING BODIE ALIVE As thousands of visitors stroll along Bodie’s streets and gawk at the numerous buildings, they see a community that is now one-tenth the size it was in the 1880s when the population hovered between 8,000-10,000, and several thousand buildings dotted the sagebrush foothills of Bodie Hills, a low mountain range that extends … Continue reading »

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Vintage view: the gorgeous and crumbling

from the Irish Examiner – Saturday, June 20, 2015by Kya deLongchamps Since my schooldays, with a fist of Tayto in one hand and a faded photocopy from the OPW scrunched in the other I have been lumbered with a weird devotion to ruined buildings. Spilling out of the tour bus at holy sites, shoulder high … Continue reading »

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Buyout of old claims lets mining town rest in peace

re-posted from the Herald-Journal – Nov 23, 1997by BRENDAN RILEY, Associate Press BODIE, Calif.—Thanks to a buy-out of old claims, modern-day strip mining won’t disrupt tourists’ reveries about life a century ago in this isolated town. The $5 million deal means that quiet will prevail in what was once one of the wildest towns in … Continue reading »

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Bodie Haunted by Tourists Mining for Mystery With History

reposted from LATimes.com Gold days: State park, once a prospectors’ boomtown, is kept in a state of ‘arrested decay.’ Ghost sightings, though, remain alive and well. November 23, 1997 | BRENDAN RILEY | ASSOCIATED PRESS BODIE, Calif. — Thanks to a buyout of old claims, modern strip mining won’t disrupt tourists’ reveries about life a … Continue reading »

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Mining town curse lives on in Bodie

Hard-luck town a tombstone for the wild West   by RUSTY COATS / McClatchy News Service / September 5, 1993   BODIE — At its peak, this Eastern Sierra mining town boasted 10,000 residents and 27 saloons, and blood flowed as freely as whiskey. The town churches chimed the ages of the men killed in sidewalk … Continue reading »

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