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History

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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Rare post-1899 photo

This rare photo of Bodie, taken from the north at Milk Ranch Canyon facing South, shows a different Bodie than most people are familiar with seeing. Looking at the full-size photo you get to see the huge cyanide-leaching ponds that once laid East of Main St. and the Bodie Creek (also visible in the photo.) … Continue reading »

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Bobby Bell

Robert “Bobby” Tenneson Bell was born in Bodie on March 9, 1914, and died January 9, 2003 in Carson City, NV – just 2 hours north of where he spent most of his life.

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McDonald House

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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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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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Dolan House

The Dolan family had two Mono County Sheriffs – Sheriff James P. Dolan and Sheriff Bert Dolan. James Dolan was shot and killed somewhere around Mono Lake on Monday, July 26, 1915. A posse tracked down and arrested (or killed, by some reports) the men responsible for his death. He was survived by his wife … Continue reading »

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Bodie Firehouse

Here stands the lone Bodie fire station. Once nestled between other wooden buildings of the like, it now stands as a memorial to the once booming town of Bodie. At one point in time, there were four fire companies for Bodie! At one point, a fire broke out at the Central Market, and all four … Continue reading »

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Alleia Mattos

Alleia Mattos Died Dec. 13, 1902, Aged 1 YR., 9 MOS., 17 DS. (Myrtle is displayed on the other side)   Back   Next  

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James Stuart Cain’s Home

Here is a residence of Mr. J.S. Cain, who was eventually the town’s principal property owner. Cain moved to Bodie when he was 25 and built an empire. He began building his empire by putting lumber barges on Mono Lake and transporting timber for Bodie – the same timber that was needed to support the … Continue reading »

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Swazey Hotel

This building is very popular – probably because of how much it leans to one side. Since Bodie is in a “state of arrested decay,” some buildings need to be shored up to keep them from falling down. The Swazey Hotel has been leaning like this for some time now – who knows how long … Continue reading »

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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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Dechambeau Hotel and I.O.O.F. Building

Here stands the Dechambeau Hotel and I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) Buildings. Once a bustling meeting hall, and at some point a “health club” of the times, where members would come to use the barbells and primitive workout machines. This building is located at the south end of Main St. You can see the … Continue reading »

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Stuart Kirkwood Livery Stable

This is the location of the Stuart Kirkwood Livery Stable. During Bodie’s boom time, hundreds and hundreds of horses and wagons were needed to run the town. No doubt this building has seen a lot of horseshoes, broken wagon wheels, and worn yolks and harnesses. Back Next Gallery…

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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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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’x18′ and has two cells in it. 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. The Bodie ’601’ vigilante group … 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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