Bodie Timeline

1859
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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
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Mono County was founded on April 24, 1861, with the county seat at Bridgeport, CA.
1862
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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...
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July 10, 1877 - The Standard Mill begins production.
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September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
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September 2, 1877 - The first organized volunteer fire bucket brigade was formed.
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October 10, 1877 - The Mono County Bank was incorporated.
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December 1, 1877 marked the first non-stop stagecoach trip from Carson City, NV to Bodie.
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December 4, 1877 - The Standard Co. declares a dividend of $1 per share... and the Bodie boom begins!
1878
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February 2, 1878 – Beginning of stage service 3 times a day between Bodie & Aurora, and once daily to Bridgeport, 1878.
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June 1, 1878 - Bodie Mining Co. makes a rich strike and stocks soar from .50 cents to $50 a share almost overnight.
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June 28, 1878 - Construction on the Bodie Miners' Union Hall was completed.
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August 5, 1878 - Bodie's first daily mail service is instituted.
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August 17, 1878 - Harvey Boone arrives in Bodie.
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Today in Bodie history: August 19, 1878 - The South Bodie Gold Mining Company is incorporated.   South Bodie Gold Mining Company Bodie, Mono County,...
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December 6, 1878 - The Grass Valley Union newspaper reports population in Bodie at 5,000.
1879
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June 10, 1879 - The first load of Bodie ore weighs in at over 10,000 lbs. with "every piece showing gold."
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September 6, 1879 - H.Z. Osborne & Co. printed the first "Daily Free Press" newspaper in Bodie.
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October 1, 1879, Pat Reddy, attorney at law, becomes Bodie's newest citizen. www.Bodie.com/history/people/pat-reddy/
1880
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January 24, 1880 - The fire hydrant system in Bodie is completed.
1881
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On February 19, 1881 the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company was organized.
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June 6, 1881 - Newspapers report the town has become a resort, having no killings in the past week.
1882
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May 9, 1882 - The "Bodie Evening Miner" newspaper is first printed.
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September 15, 1882 - The first gathering took place in the Methodist Church. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/methodist-church/
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September 15, 1882 - The first gathering in the Methodist Church took place.
1898
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October 6, 1898 - The Standard Mill burns down. www.Bodie.com/history/structures/the-standard-mill/
1932
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June 23, 1932 - the second of two major fires destroys more of the town, leaving what we now see in Bodie. To compare before...
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September 4, 1932 - The U.S. Post Office is moved to the Lottie Johl house.
1941
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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
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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...