Bodie Historic District

7 mi. S of Bridgeport on U.S. 395, then 12 mi. E on secondary rd., Bridgeport, California

Photos 

Miners' Union Hall

1. Historic American Buildings Survey California Beaches and Parks Collection 1962 FRONT (Southeast) VIEW

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Street View 

Description 

Bodie is a Registered National Historic Landmark, and California Historical Landmark #341. Placer gold was first discovered here in July, 1859 and a quartz vein was discovered in August, 1859; but, though many efforts were made to exploit the area, it was not until 1874 that the great potential wealth of the district became promising. Bodie reached its pinnacle by 1879-80 when the population was estimated at 10 to 12 thousand, and when the production from the mines on Bodie Bluff was at its peak. During all of the productive years the mines contributed from 95 to 100 million in gold and silver bullion; and "highgrading" was carried on so openly that it was the magnet for the worst of the underworld who made "The Bad Man From Bodie" notorious. Because of the remoteness and the rapid exodus of the populace when mining became unproductive the town is truly a "Ghost Town," without a single all-year inhabitant and with buildings typical of a hastily built mining camp gradually falling to ruins. Its final demise occurred after the fire of 1946 destroyed the Klipstein-Rosecrans Mill which had just been restored to operation in a sporadic effort to revive gold mining in face of diminishing returns due to price pegging. Bodie has been acquired (in 1962) by the State of California as a State Park under the jurisdiction of the Division of Beaches and Parks. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-1918)

"BODIE - Gold was discovered here in 1859 by Wm. S. Bodey, after whom the town was named, and the town became the most thriving metropolis of the Mono country. Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more than 100 million dollars. Today a state park, Bodie is one of the best known of the west's 'ghost towns.' - California Historic Landmark No.341

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000213
Areas of significance
Industry; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Extractive facility; Business
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1860; 1883
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 19
Contributing sites: 15

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Add historical information
  • January 2, 2017: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark

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