Misspelling of Bodie

Robert M. Howland is credited for adopting the spelling “Bodie,” as it has been since about 1860.. 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 one of …

Discovery of the Standard Mine

The following is excerpted from “The Story of Early Mono County” by Ella M. Cain who was born in Bodie and later taught school in town. She was married to David Victor (D.V.) Cain, the son of James S. Cain, who was one of Bodie’s early settlers, and later one …

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 …

Bodie Race Track

Have you ever noticed the old Bodie race track when you’re driving into town? Probably not… there’s almost no sign of it left, except the compacted ground leftover from the late 1870s. Just before you get to town on Bodie Rd., there it is to your right. If you really …