Deano In America

Bodie State Historical Park in the high altitude Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California is a fascinating glimpse into the past. Bodie is a gold mining ghost town that as been preserved in a state of “arrested decay” (basically frozen in time) with the interiors of the homes pretty much remaining as they were left with furniture and stores with old goods still on the shelves.

William S. Bodey found gold there in 1859 so he decided to stay the winter and establish his claim. This was a bad choice as this area is at high altitude (above 8,000 feet) and the winters there are very harsh. Bodey sadly died there (froze to death!), but the word got around and by 1861 a mill was established there to process rocks to find precious metals. Although spelt differently the town was named after Bodey.

By 1877 the Standard Company had the rights to the…

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