Bodie State Historic Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Bodie ODD FELLOWS LODGE No. 279

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Located off of Main Street. IOOF used the upper floor of this building. The lodge was instituted March 11, 1878, by the Grand Master Brother Charles H. Rendell and later consolidated with the Bishop Creek Lodge at Bishop. The first floor was used by H. Ward who constructed the building in 1880 to house his undertaking business. It was also used by the Bodie Athletic Club.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    The Post Office & Dechambeau Hotel

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    Located off of Main Street. The Post Office moved here in 1879 from Silas Smith store on northeast Main Street, where it had been located since 1877. This building was erected by Postmaster George Putnam. It served as Grandma Johnson’s rooming house and later as the Dechambeau Hotel. To the south stood a large foundry where the cannon in front of the Mono County Courthouse in Bridgeport was cast. Further south stood a warehouse, a brewery, the Silver Hill Mine, the South End Cyanide Plant and a large hospital on the slope towards the cemeteries.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    School House

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Green Street. The School House built in 1879 was originally the Bon Ton Lodging House. The first school located two blocks up the street was burning down by an early day juvenile delinquent Belle Moore, wife of Ben Butler was Bodies first school teacher.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Hydroelectric Building and Power Substation

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Greet Street. Energy for the mills was first derived from steam generated by wood fired boilers. Eventually, however wood fuel became scarce and uneconomical. Thomas Leggett, superintendent of the Standard Company obtained James Cains backing and proceeded on his theory that electricity could be transmitted over wired from a distance. A hydroelectric plant, which could develop 3.500 volts and 130 horse-power was built 13 miles from Bodie on Green Creek above Bridgeport.

    November 1892 the first test was made. The signal to proceed was flashed over the telephone line put up parallel to the power line and the switch was thrown. Some of the original poles and lines still stand. They were installed in a straight line as it was feared the electricity would not be able to turn corners. The generations began to hum, and the first motor to be operated over long distance power line was initiated in Bodie.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Wheaton & Hollis Hotel

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Green and Main Street. In 1885/1886 this was US Land Office run by M.T. Cody the father of Ella Cain. This building later served as the Power Company office and finally as a boarding house.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    The Boone Store and Warehouse

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located off of Green and Main Street. Erected in 1870 this building served as a general store. It was owned by Harvey Boone a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Harvey was a great horse fancier and also owned the Boone Stable and Livery business. Note the five gallon cans used as siding. Kerosene and gasoline were hauled to Bodie from Hawthorne and Carson City in these cans, which were then cut open and used for roofing and siding. Later Corrugated iron was used .

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Tom Miller stable and ice house

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Located off of Fuller and Union Street. Ice was cut from local ponds in winter. With sawdust for insulation the ice would last through summer.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Lester E. Bell House

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located off of Fuller and Union Street. Lester Bell was in charge of the cyanide plant built by Alex McCone and James Cain then the largest such plant in the United States. The cyanide process of extracting gold was perfected in Bodie and enabled the working of otherwise worthless mine tailings for gold. Bell’s son Lester L. Bell became an assayer for Bodie Mining companies.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Donnelly House

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located off of Green and Park Street. Charlie Donnelly was a butcher who married English artist Annie Pagdin. Later this house was occupied by E.W.Billeb and his wife Dolly, daughter of James S. and Martha Cain. Mr. Billeb was the last superintendent and manager of the old Bodie and Benton Railroad (later Mono Lake Railway & Lumber Company). The garden in the front of his house was the only green spot in town; hops grown there were said to be the only green plants that could survive Bodie.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    The Sawmill

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    The sawmill was used for cutting firewood. With snow as much as 20 feet deep, winds up to 100 miles an hour, and temperatures down to 30 or 40 degrees below zero, plenty of firewood was needed to keep Bodies poorly constructed houses warm during winter. The winter of 1878/79 was the worst, since many new Bodie citizens were new and not prepared. So many died of exposure, disease or violence.

    Please be careful around this mill, the blade is still connected and swings very easily. Something to be aware of if you have little ones, let alone worrying about the big kids.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    The Cain House

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on the corner of Green and Parks Street. James Stuart Cain, who arrived in Bodie when he was 25, entered the lumber business, and put barges on Mono Lake to transport timber to the Bodie Mines. He expanded into wagon freighting and, with Thomas Holt, leased the Bodie Railroad and Lumber Company. He and Joe Maguire leased a block of ground from the Standard Mine and Mill and took out 90,000 in gold in 90 days. He eventually became the towns principal property owner.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Miller House

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on the corner of Green and Fuller Street . (Open to the Public) Tom Miller worked for the Mono Lake Railway & Lumber Co. (former Bodie & Benton Railroad) at Mono Mills, south of Mono Lake. Much of the Jeffrey pine lumber used in the construction of Bodie came from Mono Mills.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Metzger House

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Green Street and Fuller Street. The Henry Metzger was born in New York in 1860 and came to Bodie in 1878 to work in the Standard Mill and was its foreman when it closed down in 1916. Two of his seven children were born in this house.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    McDonald House

    by Yaqui Written Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Green Street and Fuller Street. The McDonald House was injured in 1879 when tow tons of dynamite blew up the old Standard works. This house was later owned by Burkham family S.B.Burkham operated a store on Main Street in the 1880’s and 1890’s and his son Cecil ran the first automobile stage out of Bodie to Hawthorne in 1912.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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    Dolan House

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Located on Green Street. The Dolan family produced two Mono County sheriffs around the turn of century. This was also the later the home of Frank McDonell.

    P.O. Box 515 Bridgeport, CA 93517

    Located off of Hwy 395 19 miles south east of Bridgeport, exit off of Highway 270. Drive 10 miles until the paved road ends, then continue on for the last 3 miles of an unpaved dirt road. GPS coordinates N 38.2122 W 119.0111

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