Bodie Timeline

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...
1861
Mono County was founded on April 24, 1861, with the county seat at Bridgeport, CA.
1862
October 15, 1862 - The first appearance of the (incorrect) spelling "Bodie" is noted. www.Bodie.com/history/stories/misspelling-of-bodie/
1877
May 1, 1877 - Silas Smith opened his first store | Bodie.com
May 1, 1877 - Silas Smith opened his first store in Bodie near King & Main Streets. He moved the building from Aurora, and his...
July 10, 1877 - The Standard Mill begins production.
September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
October 10, 1877 - The Mono County Bank was incorporated.
December 1, 1877 marked the first non-stop stagecoach trip from Carson City, NV to Bodie.
December 4, 1877 - The Standard Co. declares a dividend of $1 per share... and the Bodie boom begins!
1878
February 2, 1878 – Beginning of stage service 3 times a day between Bodie & Aurora, and once daily to Bridgeport, 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 - Construction on the Bodie Miners' Union Hall was completed.
August 5, 1878 - Bodie's first daily mail service is instituted.
August 17, 1878 - Harvey Boone arrives in Bodie.
Today in Bodie history: August 19, 1878 - The South Bodie Gold Mining Company is incorporated.   South Bodie Gold Mining Company Bodie, Mono County,...
December 6, 1878 - The Grass Valley Union newspaper reports population in Bodie at 5,000.
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 - H.Z. Osborne & Co. printed the first "Daily Free Press" newspaper in Bodie.
October 1, 1879, Pat Reddy, attorney at law, becomes Bodie's newest citizen. www.Bodie.com/history/people/pat-reddy/
1880
January 24, 1880 - The fire hydrant system in Bodie is completed.
1881
On February 19, 1881 the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company was organized.
June 6, 1881 - Newspapers report the town has become a resort, having no killings in the past week.
1882
May 9, 1882 - The "Bodie Evening Miner" newspaper is first printed.
September 15, 1882 - The first gathering took place in the Methodist Church. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/methodist-church/
September 15, 1882 - The first gathering in the Methodist Church took place.
1898
October 6, 1898 - The Standard Mill burns down. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/the-standard-mill/
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...
September 4, 1932 - The U.S. Post Office is moved to the Lottie Johl house.
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...
1961
Bodie is named a National Historic District | Bodie.com
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...
1915
Sheriff James Dolan was shot and killed somewhere around Mono Lake on Monday, July 26, 1915. A posse tracked down and arrested (or killed, by...