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    [California Gold Mining] Two 1870s Bodie, California Checks. Includes an example of unused check stock for Gillson & Barber, Merchants of Carson City, Nevada and Bodie, California. The check measures 8.75" x 3.5" and features an engraved mining vignette along the left side. The check was printed by Corlies, Macy & Company Stationers, New York and is in fine condition. The other check is drawn on The Bodie Bank for forty-six dollars and is dated July 18, 1879. The check measures 8.25" x 3.25" and it, too, features an engraved vignette at the left edge. The check has been endorsed on the verso. Other than having old vertical fold creases it is in 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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