Main street of mining town of Bodie, California. Photographer's inscription on front of photograph: "Main Street. Bodie, Calif. H.W.M. 704." Title supplied by cataloger.
Located at nearly 8400 feet above sea level in the Sierra Nevada, Bodie, California, was a major center for the mining of gold. Gold was first found there in 1859, but not until the late 1870s did the gold mining industry take off. From such mines as the Standard Consolidated and the Bodie Consolidated, some thirty million dollars worth of gold and silver was extracted. By 1880 Bodie had a population of 10,000 and a reputation as one of the tougher and bawdier of the California mining towns. The decade of the 1880s saw the decline of the mining industry, although the development of the cyanide process in the 1890s for the recovery of gold and silver from mine tailings helped stem the decline. In 1932 a fire destroyed part of Bodie. A ghost town, Bodie is preserved as a California state park. The photographer, Harry W. Mendenall, was the owner of the Camera Art Shop in Big Pine, California and a resident of Big Pine from at least 1910 until his death in 1952.
1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection, Loyola Marymount University