“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bodie in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Return to Bodie

Return to Bodie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2008
1. Return to Bodie Marker
Inscription.  During the California gold rush, E Clampus Vitus was a fraternal order and benevolence society for miners. It was rumored to be one of the secret societies in the town of Bodie during its heyday.

Today, ECV is dedicated to the preservation of California history and accordingly, members of the present day Bodie chapter were instrumental in preserving the town as a historical landmark. With their help in 1956, legislation was drafted to add Bodie to the state park system. By 1962 the process was complete and one year later, Bodie was included in the National Registry of Historic Sites. In 1964, during an elaborate ceremony, Bodie was dedicated as a state park.

Unfortunately, after 34 winters, several of the monuments unveiled during that ceremony were damaged – prompting a return to Bodie.

This original monument was repaired, relocated, and rededicated as a California sesquicentennial event.

Bodie Chapter No. 64, E Clampus Vitus, September 12, 1998
Erected 1998 by Bodie Chapter No. 64, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed
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in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 12, 1897.
Location. 38° 12.818′ N, 119° 0.885′ W. Marker is in Bodie, California, in Mono County. Marker is at the intersection of Bypass Road and California Route 270, on the right when traveling west on Bypass Road. 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. Bodie (here, next to this marker); The Red Cloud Mine (a few steps from this marker); Life in Bodie (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Bodie (within shouting distance of this marker); James Stuart Cain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bodey’s Grave (approx. ¼ mile away); Bodie and Benton R. R. (approx. 8 miles away); Aurora (approx. 8.2 miles away in Nevada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bodie.
More about this marker. Monument is located directly next to the visitor's parking lot.
Regarding Return to Bodie.
Bodie Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2008
2. Bodie Monument
In order from the top down, the National Historic Landmark Marker, the Bodie (California State Park Commission) Marker, and the Return to Bodie (E Clampus Vitus) Marker
For more pictures and information about Bodie, please see the nearby "Bodie" marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 2,399 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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