The real story of Bodie is in the people who lived here. In the supply/office area of the Boone Store, winter light makes the old fashioned glasses shine. Notice how the pages of the book have curled with time and the change in position of the glasses.
This image was taken a number of years earlier at about the same time of year and day. Notice that the pages are flat and the position of the glasses as they were originally.
The window in the Bodie Hotel (renamed from Wheaton and Hollis Hotel reflects the buildings, truck and gas pumps across the street.
Old typewriter and early telephone switchboard are found in the hotel office.
Table and chair in small bedroom near the assay office.
Old bed and dresser in the small room near the Assay office.
The wall paper in the buildings are all unique. Some have aged beautifully and others slowly crumble and fall to the floor.
Part of the bedroom in Lottie Johl's home.
Chair in corner of bedroom of Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.
Beautiful mail holder in the saloon area of the Dechambeau Hotel. While the town had many families here, the overwhelming number of inhabitants were men living hard and lonely lives. Letters from home were always welcome.
Mounted deer head in the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel bar. Notice the embossed tin "wall paper" lining the walls. This was not only beautiful but it kept out the cold winter winds.
Sam Leon Bar and Barbershop was a popular stop.
The bar in the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel. Notice the huge mirror on the wall.
Slot machine in Sam Leon's Bar.
Roulette wheel in Sam Leon's Bar.
Billiard table in Wheaton and Hollis Hotel. Large pieces of furniture such as this table and the mirror behind the bar were brought carefully from Europe around the Cape and then overland from San Francisco to mining camps such as Bodie. Rather amazing that they arrived unharmed.
Details of the billiard table.
Sam Leon's Bar.
The bottles in Bodie tell a story of their own.
Bottles behind the bar in the Dechambeau Hotel.
Bottles and products on the shelves in the Boone Store. I'm not sure what the early residents used ground Flax Seed for but in a recipe handed down in my family, ground flax seed made excellent poultices.
An old wine bottle on the Bar in the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.
On the shelf in the Boone Store.
In another bar, the dust coated the bottles.
Doctor's bag left sitting on the bar in the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel.
The Boone Store has beautiful old artifacts. The machine in the center ground coffee.
The inside front window of the Boone Store has a variety of supplies to tempt the buyers.
The shelves lining the Boone Store are loaded with fascinating supplies.
In the Boone Store, the old toaster and pots were special to the housewives who were living in Bodie.
This was a beautiful scale in the Butcher shop.
The homes were small. As the wallpaper aged, it peels off the ceiling and looks like heavy drapes.
Life was simple but difficult. Notice the feet on the table. They are bird claws wrapped around glass balls.
One can only wonder about the people who lived here once. Was it a family or single person? What was their story and what would the future hold for them?
Dining area of Lottie Johl's House.
The old water kettle waits.
Kitchen cupboard has interesting supplies and bottles.
Inside the Wheaton and Hollis Hotel kitchen, an assortment of plates and cooking tools are scattered on a table.
In Lottie Johl's kitchen a glass juicer is tucked in a cupboard.
Education was very important to the families of Bodie. The schoolhouse is large with many desks.
Children's toys can be found in a variety of homes.
Doors and windows are a beautiful subject for photography.
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