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Bridgeport in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Welcome to Bodie

The Wildest Camp in the West

 
 
Welcome to Bodie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Meg B, April 9, 2018
1. Welcome to Bodie Marker
Glass covering the marker is aged making it difficult to read.
Inscription.  Best known for its 20-below winters, scorching summers, and trigger-happy bad men. Bodie was once one of the most active mining camps in the West. The town flourished between 1876 and 1882 with over 30 operating mines, its own narrow gauge railroad, and a population of about 10,000. Among the inhabitants, Bodie's infamous gunmen stood out. Their fights and robberies good material for local newspapers.

Despite its reputation as the wildest camp in the West, Bodie was the most productive gold district in the Basin Ranges. The town faded after 1882, its decline hastened by two major fires, but some mining continued until World War II. Now, guns and mine whistles stilled, Bodie silently reminds us of much livelier times. Photograph above, Bodie in 1879; courtesy of the California State Library, Sacramento.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 12.783′ N, 119° 0.9′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from California Route CA-270. Marker is located at the
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beginning of the dirt path leading into Bodie as you exit the parking lot and enter the town. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport CA 93517, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life in Bodie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Red Cloud Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); Bodie (within shouting distance of this marker); Return to Bodie (within shouting distance of 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).
 
Bodie Ghost Town image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Meg B, May 9, 2018
2. Bodie Ghost Town
View of Bodie while standing at the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Meg B, May 9, 2018
3. View of Bodie while standing at the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2020, by Meg B of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2020, by Meg B of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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