Standard Mining Company Miners, Bodie, Mono County, California[California Gold Mining] 1900 Bodie - Standard Mine Shaft and Miner's Photograph. 8" x 6" photograph mounted to a studio board measuring 9" x 7". A spectacular image of the Standard Mine Shaft with employees posing in the foreground. Third from left in the back row is Fred Greisburg, the Berkeley educated Superintendent of the Standard Mining Company. An iconic image with miners holding their lunch pails, miner's candlesticks and candles. One of them has even brought their young son along for the event. The tracks for the ore carts can be seen leading into the tunnel. Exceedingly rare image. This image was used as an illustration in Michael H. Piatt's book Bodie: "The Mines Are Looking Well": The History of the Bodie Mining District, Mono County, published by North Bay Books, 2003. The verso has traces of old mounting remnants as well as a 1974 California notary stamp; otherwise it is in 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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