The Wagon

Phillip M. Burrow

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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This really deserves to be seen in the large view!

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 Wagon

I’m not exactly sure what this wagon would have been used for. I would guess that it was used to haul dirt and rock from the mine. I understand that these men worked 10 hours a day and earned at out $25 a week. Think about that the next time you go to work.

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