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Bodie, California
Coordinates: 38°12′42″N, 119°00′46″W
Country United States
State California
Counties Mono
Founded 1876
Government
 - None
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
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Website: www.bodie.com/

Bodie, California is a ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 140 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Ghost town Wikipedia:Featured pictures visible Bodie, California User talk:Aarchiba Wikipedia:Featured pictures candidates/April-2005 Wikipedia:Featured Pictures Candidates/Bodie ghost town. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... The political units and divisions of the United States include: the fifty states, which units are typically divided into counties and townships, and incorporate cities, villages, towns, and other types of municipalities, and other autonomous or subordinate public authorities and institutions; and the federal state, which unit is the United... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Mono County is a county located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of California, to east of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite National Park and Nevada. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... PST is UTC-8 The Pacific Standard Time Zone (PST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-8. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... An autumn 2001 U.S. public service announcement Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or (in British English) summer time, is the convention of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. ... PDT is UTC-7 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range that is almost entirely in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Mono County is a county located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of California, to east of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite National Park and Nevada. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... km redirects here. ... Tahoe redirects here. ...

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Discovery

Bodie began as a gold mining town, seeing a boom following the discovery of gold in 1859 by prospector W. S. Bodey (also spelled Body). That November, Bodey perished in a blizzard after making a supply trip to nearby Monoville. Waterman S. William Bodey came from Poughkeepsie, New York. ...


In 1876, the Standard Mining Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold bearing ore, which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp comprising a few prospectors and company employees to a Wild West boomtown. Rich discoveries in the adjacent Bodie Mine during 1878 attracted even more hopeful people. By 1880, Bodie boasted a population of nearly 10,000. Over the years, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more than $34 million.[1] 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Gold pan Gold prospecting is the act of going equipped to find gold in rocks or in stream beds with a view to exploiting that discovery. ... Camps are often set up for workers involved in logging, fishing, mining or other activities of natural resources extraction, if these activities take place far from civilization. ... A boomtown is a community that experiences sudden and rapid population and economic growth. ...


As a bustling gold mining center, Bodie had the amenities of a larger town including two banks, a railroad, a miner's union, several newspapers, and a jail. At its peak it had 60 saloons. Murders, barroom brawls and stagecoach holdups were regular occurrences. Legend has it that a little girl, upon finding out that her family was moving there, prayed one night, "Goodbye God, we are going to Bodie." Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A Depression-era bar in Louisiana. ...


Gold bullion from the town's nine stamp mills was shipped to Carson City, Nevada by way of Aurora, Wellington and Gardnerville. Most shipments were accompanied by an armed guard. Once the bullion reached Carson City, it was delivered to the mint or sent by rail to the mint in San Francisco. Motto: Proud of its Past. ... Aurora, Nevada is a ghost town located in western central Nevada approximately three miles from the California border. ... Gardnerville is a census-designated place located in Douglas County, Nevada, U.S.. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 3,357. ... A gold nugget A precious metal is a rare metallic chemical element of high economic value. ... The San Francisco Mint is a branch of the United States Mint, and was opened in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush. ...


A comprehensive book on the mining geology of Bodie has been published by the California Geological Survey. Refer to: Charles W. Chesterman, Rodger H. Chapman, and Cliffton H. Gray, 1986, Geology and ore deposits of the Bodie Mining District, Mono County, California: California Geological Survey Bulletin 206, 35 pages, 5 geologic map plates, 7 tables, 11 figures. www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs


A first in electrical power

A saloon in Bodie
A saloon in Bodie

In 1893 the Standard Company built its own hydroelectric plant, located approximately 12-1/2 miles away on Green Creek, above Bridgeport, California. The plant developed a maximum of 130 horsepower and 6,600 volts alternating current to power the company's 20-stamp mills. This pioneering installation is marked as one of the first transmissions of electricity over a long distance. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 130 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Release to public doman by author. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 130 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Release to public doman by author. ... Hydroelectric dam diagram The waters of Llyn Stwlan, the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped-Storage Scheme in north Wales, can just be glimpsed on the right. ... Bridgeport, California is the county seat of Mono County, California. ... The horsepower (hp) is the name of several non-metric units of power. ... Josephson junction array chip developed by NIST as a standard volt. ...


There was some doubt at the time whether electricity would reach Bodie, and to be safe, the transmission line was built in a dead-straight line from Green Creek. (Dead straight on the map; the line did not bore directly through the mountains.)


Interesting points about town

Inside one of the buildings at Bodie
Inside one of the buildings at Bodie

Leland Stanford came to the town as a potential mine investor. However, he was told by his mining advisor that the local gold deposits were insignificant and the mine was not worth his attention. In a year or so, he discovered how bad that advice was. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 127 KB)Inside a building at Bodie, California, taken 2004-09-06, from [1]. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 127 KB)Inside a building at Bodie, California, taken 2004-09-06, from [1]. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Amasa Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893) was an American business tycoon, politician and founder of Stanford University. ...


Bodie had its own Chinatown, which had several hundred Chinese residents at one point, and even included a Taoist temple. Chinese workers earned their incomes mainly from selling vegetables, operating laundries, and cutting, hauling, and selling firewood. Taoism is the English name for a cluster of Chinese religious and philosophical traditions. ...


Bodie has a cemetery on the outskirts of town and a nearby mortuary, which is the only building in the town built of red brick three courses thick, most likely for insulation from the intense summer heat which would make undertaking a malodorous job.


As with most remote mining towns, Bodie had a popular, though clandestinely important, red light district on the north end of town. From this is told the unsubstantiated story of Rosa May, a prostitute who, in the style of Florence Nightingale, came to the aid of the town menfolk when a serious epidemic struck the town at the height of its boom. She was attributed to giving life-saving care to many, but was denied burial within the gates of the town cemetery, remaining a social outcast even to her death. Florence Nightingale, OM (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910), who came to be known as The Lady with the Lamp, was a pioneer of modern nursing, and a noted statistician. ...


In town's center stands the Miners Union Hall, a general meeting place for residents and the center for dances, concerts, and plays. It now serves as a museum. The State Park's ranger station is located in one of the original homes on Green Street.


Weather

Bodie, California, as seen from the hill looking to the cemetery
Bodie, California, as seen from the hill looking to the cemetery

Summers in Bodie are hot, but in winter, temperatures often plummet well below 0°F (-18°C), and winds could sweep across the valley at close to 100 miles per hour. Nights remain plenty cold even through the summer, and Bodie has held the record for the coldest temperature in the nation. The harsh weather is due to a particularly bad combination of high altitude (8,400 feet) and a very exposed plateau, with little in the way of a natural surrounding wall to protect the long, flat piece of land from the elements. Plenty of firewood was needed to keep residents warm through the long winters, which might account for the dearth of trees in the area today. The winter of 1878–1879 was particularly harsh and claimed the lives of many residents. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after the German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), who proposed it in 1724. ... Celsius is, or relates to, the Celsius temperature scale (previously known as the centigrade scale). ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ...


Authentic ghost town

Though greatly reduced in prominence, Bodie held a permanent residency through most of the 20th century, even after a fire ravaged much of the downtown business district in 1932. Bodie is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park. USS Constitution A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, site, structure, or object, almost always within the United States, officially recognized for its historical significance. ...


Today, Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay. Only a small part of the town survives. Visitors can walk the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Bodie is open all year, but the long road that leads to it is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the most comfortable time to visit is during the summer months. The State of California came up with the term arrested decay in order to explain how they were going to preserve Bodie State Historic Park. ...


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Bodie, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (859 words)
Bodie, California, is a ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, United States, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe.
Bodie has a cemetery on the outskirts of town and a nearby mortuary which is the only building in the town built of red brick three courses thick, most likely for insulation from the intense summer heat which would make undertaking a malodorous job.
Bodie is open all year, but the long road that leads to it is usually closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, so the most comfortable time to visit is during the summer months.
BODIE, California (615 words)
The town of Bodie rose to prominence with the decline of mining along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Bodie became a boom town in 1877 and by 1879 Bodie boasted a population of about 10,000 with 2,000 buildings, and was second to none for wickedness, badmen, and "the worst climate out of doors".
Bodie still has its wicked climate but, with the possible exception of an occasional ghostly visitor, its badmen are all in their graves.
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