History

Seiler House

Seiler owned a saloon on the corner of Union and Main Streets. Back Next Gallery…

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Frank Quinville House

Frank Quinville lived here sometime after he moved to Bodie in the 1880’s. He worked for the Standard Mill as a blacksmith, and must have done pretty well – this is a pretty nice house for a laborer of the day. Back Next Gallery…

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Hydro-Electric Power Substation

This brick building, attached to the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel, helped bring Bodie into the 20th century. It houses transformers once used for powering the Standard Mill. You can see what is left of the white paint that covered the walls. Originally, the mill was run by steam power, but wood was a costly resource … 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 Bank

J. S. Cain bought The Bodie Bank in 1890 from E. L. Benedict after making quite a large fortune from a block of ground in the Standard Mine. From then on, Cain would be investing and building in the town quite a bit. Because Cain owned the bank and had so many businesses dealings with … Continue reading »

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Bodie “history”

For a long time there’s been discussion and debate among many Bodie fans about how correct or incorrect some ‘facts’ are that surround Bodie. The term “myth” is used by some as it relates to Bodie, so here are some points to consider when reading stories of the park. Bodie existed as a town over 120 … 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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Burkham House

Though I don’t currently have any information on this house, I thought it was a very attractive house. Most homes in Bodie were not very fancy, but this one stands out because of it’s corner window. Looking through the windows of the Burkham house shows you what is left of this once beautiful house. You … Continue reading »

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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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I. N. Mkean

I. N. Mkean Born March 24, 1860 Died May 30, 1923 Back   Next

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William T. Owens

William T. Owens (Billy) MO. 1855 Bodie 1933   Back   Next  

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Gustav A. Seiler

Gustav A. Seiler 1888—1891   Back   Next  

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George W. Dolan

George W. Dolan Born Apr. 4, 1884 Died Nov. 21, 1905 Back   Next

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John B. Kennedy

John B. Kennedy Died July 11, 1902 Aged 39 Years Back   Next

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Rosa May Oalaque

Rosa May was buried outside of the cemetery proper. As she was a prostitute, some of the “upper-class” people in town would not approve of her getting a burial among the more “respectable” folks. This headstone was placed here around 1965 by Louis Serventi. Louis’s Uncle, Antonio, apparently lived near Rosa May when she was … Continue reading »

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The Standard Mill

Here the Standard mill, which processed ore from the Standard Mine (originally named the Bunker Hill mine in 1861 when it was first registered.) Most of the inner workings are still in tact, some of which the public can see during a guided mill tour. Rangers and Park Aides conduct a history talk and tour … 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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Bodie Catholic Church

In the summer of 1879, the Catholic Priest who presided over Bodie, Father John Cassin, called on the Catholic members of the town to help raise funds to build a church. The Bodie Standard newspaper reported on July 9, 1880 that the women of Bodie has raised over $1,000 for the church. In July 1882, … Continue reading »

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James Stuart Cain

J.S. Cain came to Bodie at the age of 25 looking to make his fortune in business. He built an empire one piece at a time. One of his first businesses was barging timber across Mono Lake to Bodie. Timber was used for shoring up mines, building hoisting works, firing the wood-burning boilers for the … Continue reading »

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