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Bodie Ghost Town - Part Two
Near Bridgeport, California


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Residences on upper Green Street in Bodie

Residences on upper Green Street in Bodie

Boarding houses and residences straggle up Green Street past Wood Street. The strategy for preserving these historic remnants is described as "arrested decay", so most have well-maintained roofs, glass in many of the windows, and are closed to public entry. There is also a strict prohibition on removing anything, even rusty old junk.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

On the hillside east of Bodie

On the hillside east of Bodie

Looking over Bodie from the east. In 1988 a proposal for a huge open pit mine at this location threatened the ambiance and even survival of the ghost town. Passage of protective legislation in 1994 and subsequent acquisition of mineral claims by the state, plus bankruptcy of the mining company, defused the threat.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Boone Store and Warehouse

Boone Store and Warehouse

The Boone Store is still stocked with items from a century ago, but not open to the public.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Dodge truck in front of the Boone Store and Warehouse

Dodge truck in front of the Boone Store and Warehouse

The blue 1927 Dodge truck standing by the gas pumps at the Boone Store is a favorite with photographers. It was apparently left behind when Bodie was abandoned in the 1930's, still in running order, and has been beautifully restored.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Wheaton and Hollis Hotel

Wheaton and Hollis Hotel

Originally the Land Office, then the Bodie Store, and finally the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

I.O.O.F and Miners Union Hall

I.O.O.F and Miners Union Hall

A gap between the I.O.O.F Hall and the Miners Union Hall. Across Main Street is the crazily leaning Swazey Hotel. In its 1880's prime, Main Street was continuously lined with buildings for almost a mile.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Metzger House

Metzger House

The Metzger House on Fuller Street belonged to Henry Metzger, foreman at the Standard Mill.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

The Hydro Building in Bodie

The Hydro Building in Bodie

This brick building housed transformers for electric power from the hydro plant on Green Creek 13 miles away. It started up in 1892 and powered both the mill and the town. The power line was laid out in an exact straight line because of fears that the electricity would not be able to turn sharp corners.

Bodie State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Winding engine and the Standard Stamp Mill

Winding engine and the Standard Stamp Mill

A winding engine like this would be used to raise and lower buckets in vertical mine shafts. The Standard Mill complex of buildings is fenced off, accessible only on guided tours.

Bodie State Historic Park,

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

Standard Stamp Mill on the hillside east of Bodie

Standard Stamp Mill on the hillside east of Bodie

The Standard Mill, largest employer in town. It was linked to the Standard Mine by a gondola coming over the top of the hill behind. For many years it was powered by burning firewood or charcoal, but converted to electricity in 1892. Buildings surrounding the main mill include a blacksmith shop, retort, smelter, and assay office.

Bodie State Historic Park,

Date photographed: October 12, 2015

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