"BODIE - Gold was discovered here in 1859 by W. S. Bodey after whom the town was named. Once the most thriving metropolis of the Mono country, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more than 100 million dollars. Tough as nails, "the bad man from Bodie" still carries his guns and bowie knife down through the pages of western history. - California Registered Historical Landmark No. 341 - Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Mono County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mono County Historical Society. - September 12, 1964"