Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bodie State Historic Park (by Susan)

Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie
Saturday as part of the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua I went to a history program at Bodie. For those that don’t know Bodie is a now a state historic park, but was once known as the most lawless and toughest mining camp in the West.  It had a population of 8,500 people in the 1880s.

We had two really good guides. First Terri Geissinger showed us around part of the lower town giving us town history including a peek into the jail. Then we met Chris Spiller who dressed in period costume as the wife of the superintendent. As Mrs. Hoover, she showed us the various jobs available in the stamp mill which processed the ore, extracting the gold and silver.  She also told us the pay for each job. I managed to pass the test for a skilled job as an electrician. I guess I must remember something from college. She also told us that she was sure her brother-in-law would be a mine president one day. He did become a president, unfortunately it was of the U.S. 

The Common Ravens waiting for...

... the Hearse
Where they store the loot
Mrs. Hoover
Stamp Mill
Ore Stamps
Can you name this and become an electrician?
The leaning tower of Bodie

Tin stamping detail

The wicked city had a church
Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie

Distance: 3 miles

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