Bodie, California began as a mining town when gold was discovered in1859 by a group of prospectors led by William S. Bodey (for whom the town was later named). All sorts of minerals were discovered in the dry desert mountains of the Eastern Sierra region of California. The real "Boom" began around 1876 when the Standard Company of California discovered a huge deposit of gold ore.
This big metal building is one of two huge Mining facilities that operated in Bodie. Between 1879 and 1886 the mining here resulted in the processing of over 32 Million US Dollars in Gold and 7 Million Dollars in Silver. All hauled out of this location in just that relatively short time. This numbers probably translate to billions today.
As Bodie grew and prospectors flooded into the town, it grew to almost 10,000 citizens. There were Barbers, Doctors, Ministers, Teachers, Schools, Stores, a Fire Battalion, a jail (of course), Banks, and all sorts of men, women and children.
I highly recommend visiting this place if you are ever in that area of California - do be careful, summer temperatures become VERY hot. Nevertheless, this is an amazing place and i cannot wait to go back. It has been almost 8 years since we were there last. I am delighted at how well these images held up from the little Fuji I used for all of these.
Over the next week or so, I'll show a few more Bodie images interspersed with others so as not to drive you crazy :-)
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire