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    [California Gold Mining] 1903 Bodie Bird's Eye View Photograph. 8.5" x 6.5". One of the most iconic images ever taken of Bodie. The view looking southwest from Bodie Bluff shows the entire town including a bustling Main Street and the newly rebuilt Standard Mill. In the background can be seen snow on the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the famous zebra-pattern of snow in the Bodie Hills. Saloons abound on Main Street with cribs built behind the gambling halls for the prostitutes to service their customers. 99% of the buildings seen in this photo would be lost forever in the devastating fire of 1932. A copy of this illustration appeared in Russ and Anne Johnson's book The Ghost Town of Bodie as Reported in the Newspapers of the Day, Chalfant Press, Bishop, California, 1967. An extremely rare image. The edges of the photograph are chipped, especially at the corners and there is scattered light soiling to the image. A previous owner has captioned the photograph at top center "Bodie 1903" in ink. The verso displays mounting remnants consistent with removal from a photograph album.

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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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