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    Bird's Eye View, Bodie, California, Circa 1890

    [California Gold Mining] 1890s Bodie Bird's Eye View Photograph. 7.75" x 5.5", mounted to a studio mat to an overall size of 10.5" x 8.5". Photographed by William Thompson, Virginia City, Nevada. An impressive view of Bodie looking east from the cemetery showing the town in its heyday. In the center of the image is the original Standard Mill built of wood. The Mill would be destroyed by an explosion within ten years. Main Street can be clearly seen with its many saloons and hotels. Business signs can be read and many of the buildings sport fresh coats of paint. The image was taken by William Thompson, a photographer from Virginia City, Nevada. Many mines and mills are visible on Bodie Bluff and Silver Hill. An extremely rare image. This is an extraordinary image with some light scuffing to the emulsion and modest soiling to the mat, otherwise it is in near fine condition.

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    Bodie

    Bodie, 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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