Bodie in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Life in Bodie
A City Grown from the Eastern High Sierra Mud
You might have enjoyed an ice cream on a warm day, or oysters packed in ice and shipped from San Francisco. During the boom years the camp struggled along without a church, though regular services were held in the Miner's Union Hall and then, after 1878, in the Odd Fellows Hall.
On the north end of town a rougher element of society frequently saloons and Faro tables. They drank Bodie Lightning, better known as whiskey, and visited the "Red Light District" and the opium dens. Gunshots rang through the streets. Gambling, drunkenness and violence plagued law abiding citizens.
Community minded residents gathered toward the south end of town for more respectable activities. On the Fourth of July families attended the annual street parade accompanied by the band and watched children participate in games while men competed in hard rock "drilling" contests. Wrestling competitions were frequent among the men.
Couples enjoyed fancy dress balls at
Location. 38° 12.812′ N, 119° 0.891′ W. Marker is in Bodie, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from Bodie Bypass Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport CA 93517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bodie (a few steps from this marker); Return to Bodie (a few steps from this marker); The Red Cloud Mine (a few steps from this marker); James Stuart Cain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bodey’s Grave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bodie and Benton R. R. (approx. 8 miles away); Aurora (approx. 8.2 miles away in Nevada); Dog Town (approx. 10.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bodie.
More about this marker. This marker is located near the parking lot and restrooms at Bodie State Historical Park.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.