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Rare guide map to ghost town of Bodie  

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Guide to Bodie, Mono County, California

Billeb, Emil W.

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Map of Bodie with 11 illustrations from photographs at top and sides, brief text and key to locations and points of interest at bottom. On sheet 38.3x53 cm (15x20¾").

The photographs show Bodie through the years, up to 1956. The map includes principal mines and shafts. Oriented with north toward the lower left. OCLC locates only one copy, at the University of California Berkeley.

Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California. Bodie became a boom town in 1876 after the discovery of a profitable line of gold; by 1880 it had a population of nearly 3000. The town went into decline in the subsequent decades and came to be described as a ghost town by 1915.  The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 the state legislature authorized creation of Bodie State Historic Park. A total of 170 buildings remained. Bodie has been named as California's official state gold rush ghost town.
This is the earliest known map of the Bodie, as the ghost town, produced five years prior to the town being designated a Historic Landmark. It precedes by the two 1878 and 1880 maps of the gold claims (not city) of the Bodie mining district, 1879 Birdseye View of the town of Bodie, and 1890 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of the city.

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A few creases, short repaired tear at left edge intruding into a photo; very good.

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