Bodie Timeline

  • November 20, 1859

    On November 20, 1859, W. S. Bodey perished in a snow storm. He and his mining partner, "Black Taylor", got caught in the severe storm and Bodey couldn't make it ...
  • April 24, 1861

    Mono County was founded on April 24, 1861, with the county seat at Bridgeport, CA.
  • October 15, 1862

    October 15, 1862 - The first appearance of the (incorrect) spelling "Bodie" is noted. www.Bodie.com/history/stories/misspelling-of-bodie/
  • May 1, 1877

    May 1, 1877 - Silas Smith opened his first store in Bodie near King & Main Streets. He moved the building from Aurora, and his store became Bodie's first post ...
  • July 10, 1877

    July 10, 1877 - The Standard Mill begins production.
  • September 2, 1877

    September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
  • September 2, 1877

    September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
  • October 10, 1877

    October 10, 1877 - The Mono County Bank was incorporated.
  • December 1, 1877

    December 1, 1877 marked the first non-stop stagecoach trip from Carson City, NV to Bodie.
  • December 4, 1877

    December 4, 1877 - The Standard Co. declares a dividend of $1 per share... and the Bodie boom begins!
  • February 2, 1878

    February 2, 1878 – Beginning of stage service 3 times a day between Bodie & Aurora, and once daily to Bridgeport, 1878.
  • June 1, 1878

    June 1, 1878 - Bodie Mining Co. makes a rich strike and stocks soar from .50 cents to $50 a share almost overnight.
  • June 28, 1878

    June 28, 1878 - Construction on the Bodie Miners' Union Hall was completed.
  • August 5, 1878

    August 5, 1878 - Bodie's first daily mail service is instituted.
  • August 17, 1878

    August 17, 1878 - Harvey Boone arrives in Bodie.
  • August 19, 1878

    Today in Bodie history: August 19, 1878 - The South Bodie Gold Mining Company is incorporated.   South Bodie Gold Mining Company Bodie, Mono County, California Office, Room 44, ...
  • December 6, 1878

    December 6, 1878 - The Grass Valley Union newspaper reports population in Bodie at 5,000.
  • June 10, 1879

    June 10, 1879 - The first load of Bodie ore weighs in at over 10,000 lbs. with "every piece showing gold."
  • September 6, 1879

    September 6, 1879 - H.Z. Osborne & Co. printed the first "Daily Free Press" newspaper in Bodie.
  • October 1, 1879

    October 1, 1879, Pat Reddy, attorney at law, becomes Bodie's newest citizen. www.Bodie.com/history/people/pat-reddy/
  • January 24, 1880

    January 24, 1880 - The fire hydrant system in Bodie is completed.
  • February 19, 1881

    On February 19, 1881 the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company was organized.
  • June 6, 1881

    June 6, 1881 - Newspapers report the town has become a resort, having no killings in the past week.
  • May 9, 1882

    May 9, 1882 - The "Bodie Evening Miner" newspaper is first printed.
  • September 15, 1882

    September 15, 1882 - The first gathering in the Methodist Church took place.
  • September 15, 1882

    September 15, 1882 - The first gathering took place in the Methodist Church. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/methodist-church/
  • October 6, 1898

    October 6, 1898 - The Standard Mill burns down. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/the-standard-mill/
  • June 23, 1932

    June 23, 1932 - the second of two major fires destroys more of the town, leaving what we now see in Bodie. To compare before and after photos of the 1932 ...
  • September 4, 1932

    September 4, 1932 - The U.S. Post Office is moved to the Lottie Johl house.
  • September 28, 1941

    September 28, 1941 - The bell from the firehouse belfry was returned to Bodie after a short disappearance. It was stolen from the firehouse on the night of August 10, ...
  • July 4, 1961

    July 4, 1961 - Bodie is dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional ...
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