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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…”


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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
    canonman99about 4 years ago

    great the sepia here

  • Thank you Dennis!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 4 years ago

    Nice work mate.

  • Thanks Craig!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • Caroline Anderson
    Caroline Andersonabout 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 Coxabout 4 years ago

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

  • Thank you Michael!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

    WOBBLYMOLabout 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
    ducillaabout 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 Adamsabout 4 years ago

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

  • I appreciate it Kate!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

  • JodieT
    JodieTabout 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 Palermoabout 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
    ericseyesabout 4 years ago

    Love this old time stuff!

  • Thanks Eric!

    – Phillip M. Burrow

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