Description[California Gold Mines] Two Bodie Stock Certificates The Bodie Bank 187x, Bodie Lion Mining Company 187x. The Bodie Bank was the major financier of the mining companies as well as the general population of the town. Later it was purchased by J. S. Cain, who controlled most of the town. Bodie Lion Mining Company, Bodie, District, Mono County, California. Incorporated in 1878. One of the many mines on the Bodie Bluff with their corporate office in San Francisco. Fine condition.
BodieBodie, located in Mono County, California, on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, began as a small mining camp upon the discovery of gold in 1859 by a group of prospectors including William S. Bodey. The prospector died in a blizzard the following November and never got to see the rise of the town that bore his name. For reasons unknown the district's name was changed from "Bodey" to "Body" to the final name of Bodie. Though gold had been discovered at Bodie, the silver of the Comstock Lode outshined it until 1876 when The Standard Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold-bearing ore which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp to a thriving and lively boomtown. Further discoveries drew more fortune seekers to the area and by 1880 Bodie had a population of approximately 5,000-7,000 people (some estimates list the population as high as 10,000) and perhaps as many as 2,000 buildings. Over the years, Bodie's mines produced gold valued at nearly $34 million dollars. Unfortunately, the boom slowly ground to a halt and by 1915 the first reference to Bodie as a ghost town was recorded. By 1920, Bodie's official population was listed as 120 people. Today Bodie is among the best preserved, original ghost town in the West.
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