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Bodie State Park

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.

the switchboard

“Hello, and thank you for calling the Bodie Hotel where we give you more for your nuggets…”

Welcome, my name is Phillip, and I’d like to thank you for visiting my gallery. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, which is located in the southeast region of the United States.

Several years ago I rediscovered my long lost passion, and entered the much cleaner digital world of photography. I enjoy photographing nature, landscapes, and historical subjects.

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  • canonman99
    canonman99over 4 years ago

    great the sepia here

  • Thank you Dennis!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 4 years ago

    Nice work mate.

  • Thanks Craig!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Caroline Anderson
    Caroline Andersonover 4 years ago

    Oh, I would so love to visit this place!
    What wonderful history, and kept as a real ‘time warp’ so we can see exactly how it was!
    Love your photo – the sepia adds such atmosphere – I can almost see the people there.

  • Thanks! Being in the communication field, I really enjoyed seeing this old switchboard. They have gotten a little more compact over the years. LOL

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • C. Michael Cox
    C. Michael Coxover 4 years ago

    you are truly preserving history with these shots – love them!

  • Thank you Michael!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

    WOBBLYMOLover 4 years ago

    brilliant shot Phillip, lovely sepia tones, place looks old

  • Thank Lorraine – I not sure about the hotel but the town it became a ghost town in the by the 1940’s.

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • ducilla
    ducillaover 4 years ago
    Fine photo of the switch!.. The sepia and Bodie go so well together.. Dennis
  • Thanks Dennis!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and treatment Phillip!! – love the vintage look!!

  • I appreciate it Kate!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • JodieT
    JodieTover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, my first job had a plug switchboard like that. I had to sit on it at lunchtime and must have cut numerous people off – LOL! Great shot and fabulous sepia tone.

  • Thanks Jodie!
    However, I’ve worked with telephones for twenty-five years, and I’ve seen some pretty old systems. I have even seen a switchboard similar to this, but it was stored in an old basement. So I have to know the story. Was your first employer just real cheap and didn’t want to waste money replacing a perfectly working system. If so I’ve believe that I met him several times before. Or did you just find a picture that you thought would make you look a few years younger. LOL

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 4 years ago

    how fun to see all this old stuff….the sepia works really well here

  • I appreciate it Tania!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesover 4 years ago

    Love this old time stuff!

  • Thanks Eric!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

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