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 – …

Johl House

This was the home of Eli and Lottie Johl. Eli came to the United States of America in 1865 from Germany, and eventually made his way to Bodie. He and a partner, Charles Donnelly, setup the Union Market Butcher Shop. Lottie began her time in Bodie as a prostitute, and …

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 …

Donnelly House

Charlie Donnelly was a butcher who married English artist Annie Pagdin. Later this house was occupied by E. W. Billeb and his wife Dolly, daughter of James S. and Martha Cain. Mr. Billeb was the last superintendent and manager of the old Bodie and Benton Railroad (later the Mono Lake …

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, …

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 …

Tom Miller House

Tom Miller worked at Mono Mills for the Mono Lake Railway & Lumber Company (formerly known as the Bodie & Benton Railroad, and other names). Much of the Jeffrey pine lumber used in the construction of Bodie came from Mono Mills. Gallery…