Description[California Gold Mining] Two Bodie, California Mining Assessments and A.O.U.W. Lodge By-Laws. Includes two mining assessments from two of Bodie's largest and most important producers. 1887 Bodie Consolidated Mining Company, 1888 Mono Gold Mining Company. Also includes an extremely rare By-Laws of Bodie Lodge No. 143, A.O.U.W. from 1902. Odd Fellows Lodges were one of the first organizations formed in all mining camps. It provided support, brotherhood and protection for widows and children of miners that perished in the mines.
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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