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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 back to their camp. Taylor continued on, so he could bring back supplies to his friend, but upon returning, couldn't find him. It was several months later when Bodey's remains were found. This was just a few months after Bodey's gold discovery that led to the great town of Bodie, CA.
  • 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.
  • 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 office.
  • 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.
  • 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, Nevada Block. Robert Barton, president; Henry Deas, secretary; H.C. Callahan, superintendent; B.B. Minor, E.C. Morton, Henry Deas, W.H. Brown, Robert Barton, trustees. Annual meeting, third Monday in August. No. of shares, 100,000. No. of feet, 1,500. Shares per foot, 66 2/3. Listed on San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board, Pacific Stock Exchange and California Stock Exchange Board. The property of this company consists of the “Hancock” claim, 1,500 feet long, located in June, 1877. It lies to the south of the celebrated Bodie mine, and indications lend a strong support to the theory that the rich veins struck by the Bodie Company will be found in the South Bodie ground when sufficient depth is attained. The surface ground on this claim was worked with great success as a placer claim in the early days of Bodie Bluff, and the richest float quartz ever struck in the district was found near the point where sinking is now in progress on this mine. A shaft has been sunk on this claim to a depth of 120 feet, over which a fine engine has been erected for hoisting ore, and satisfactory progress is being made at all points. It is proposed to sink the shaft to a depth of 200 feet, when crosscutting will commence and be prosecuted until the vein is struck. The bottom of the shaft is now in ledge matter. Within 60 days important developments are looked for. from "United States Annual Mining Review and Stock Ledger: Containing Detailed"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • October 6, 1898

    October 6, 1898 - The Standard Mill burns down.
  • 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 fire, visit Then, watch excerpts from a movie filmed in Bodie in 1929 -
  • 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 bronze bell from the firehouse belfry was returned to Bodie years after it was stolen.
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