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Nikon D300 ~ 18-200mm Nikkor lens
f9 ~ 1/20s ~ ISO 100
Edited in CS5 using NIK HDR
taken in the ghost town of Bodie, California (US)
Best Viewed Large

Dedicated to those strong brave people who moved to what must have seemed like the end of the world. Who braved the elements and inhospitable locals to create a home and a country.

And it was the only store in town!!! Lookout Walmart….this was the way to shop! This was the little man who was the backbone of the town….and of the country!!

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per wikipedia
Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California.
Bodie began as a mining camp of little note following the discovery of gold in 1859 by a group of prospectors, including W.S. Bodey Bodey perished in a blizzard the following November while making a supply trip to Monoville (near present day Mono City, CA), never getting to see the rise of the town that was named after him. According to area pioneer, Judge J.G. McClinton, the district’s name was changed from “Bodey,” “Body,” and a few other phonetic variations, to “Bodie,” after a painter in the nearby boomtown of Aurora lettered a sign “Bodie Stables”. Gold discovered at Bodie coincided with the discovery of silver at nearby Aurora, Nevada, and the distant Comstock Lode beneath Virginia City, Nevada. But while these two towns boomed, interest in Bodie remained lackluster. By 1868 only two companies had built stamp mills at Bodie, and both had failed.
In 1876, the Standard Company discovered a profitable deposit of gold-bearing ore, which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp comprising a few prospectors and company employees to a Wild West boomtown. Rich discoveries in the adjacent Bodie Mine during 1878 attracted even more hopeful people. By 1879, Bodie had a population of approximately 5000-7000 people and around 2,000 buildings. One idea maintains that in 1880, Bodie was California’s second or third largest city, but the U.S. Census of that year disproves the popular tale. Over the years, Bodie’s mines produced gold valued at nearly $34 million.
Bodie boomed from late 1877 through mid-to late-1880. California and Nevada newspapers predicted Bodie would become the next Comstock Lode. Men from both states were lured to Bodie by the prospect of another bonanza.
As a bustling gold mining center, Bodie had the amenities of larger towns, including two banks, four volunteer fire companies, a brass band, a railroad, miner’s and mechanic’s unions, several daily newspapers, and a jail. At its peak 65 saloons lined Main Street, which was a mile long. Murders, shootouts, barroom brawls, and stagecoach holdups were regular occurrences.
The first signs of decline appeared in 1880 and became obvious towards the end of the year. Promising mining booms in Butte, Montana; Tombstone, Arizona; and Utah lured men away from Bodie. The get-rich quick, single miners who originally came to the town in the 1870s moved on to these other booms, which eventually turned Bodie into a family-oriented community. Despite the population decline, the mines were flourishing, and in 1881 Bodie’s ore production was recorded at a high of $3.1 million. By 1910, the population was recorded at 698 people, which were predominantly families that decided to stay in Bodie instead of moving on to other prosperous strikes. The last mine closed in 1942, due to War Production Board order L-208, shutting down all gold mines in the United States. Mining never resumed.

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bodie, california, store, general store, mercantile, market, ghost town, teresa burnett

Comments

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 1 year ago

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    very nice picture!

  • Thank you so very much Manon!! I’m delighted, and I greatly appreciate the feature!!

    – TeresaB

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonabout 1 year ago

    This is a great capture!!

  • Thanks bunches Kristi

    – TeresaB

  • Jane Brack
    Jane Brackabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful HDR work, Teresa! Well done!

  • Thank you so much Jane

    – TeresaB

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work Teresa ..Great info too – Love it xx

  • Thank you so much gail

    – TeresaB

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...about 1 year ago

    Beautiful image and very nicely processed. Very stimulating to the eye. Love it.

  • Thank you so much Hany

    – TeresaB

  • seeingred13
    seeingred13about 1 year ago

    I love this shot, amazing capture! Descriptive information wonderful too!

  • Thank you so much seeingred

    – TeresaB

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 1 year ago

    02-08-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so very much Kira!! I’m delighted, and I greatly appreciate the feature!!

    – TeresaB

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 1 year ago


    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
    Your host, Deb
    February 9, 2013

  • Thank you so very much Deborah, both for the wonderful comment and for the feature!! I’m delighted, and they are both greatly appreciated!!

    – TeresaB

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonabout 1 year ago

    Great image very nostalgic. I guess there is no on-line shopping here!

  • Thank you so much Christina!! I suspect you are right!! LOL!!

    – TeresaB

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