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Bodie (Calif.) Papers.
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Description
The collection consists mainly of court and financial records from Bodie, California, as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie’s history.
Background
Bodie, California, is named after William S. Bodey, who discovered placer gold there in 1859. The first mill was established in 1861 and the town that once consisted of 20 miners grew to an estimated 10,000 inhabitants by 1879. However, by 1882 the boom was over and the town started to decline as many of the mines paid out and the mining companies went bankrupt. Major fires in 1892 and 1932 destroyed much of the town’s business district and by the 1940s Bodie had become a ghost town. In 1964 Bodie was made into a California state park. .
Extent
61 items
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In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
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