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Bodie's gold : tall tales and true history from a California mining town

Author: Marguerite Sprague
Publisher: Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The silent streets and uninhabited buildings that greet today's visitors to Bodie, California's quintessential ghost town, belie the town's colorful past and the full and varied lives of its former residents. In Bodie's Gold, author Marguerite Sprague uses a wide range of historic documents and recent interviews with surviving Bodieites to bring this former boomtown back to life." "Sprague's account covers all the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sprague, Marguerite, 1958-
Bodie's gold.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2003
(OCoLC)606975839
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marguerite Sprague
ISBN: 0874175119 9780874175110 087417628X 9780874176285
OCLC Number: 50803672
Description: xiv, 248 p. : ill., map ; 27 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 Welcome to Bodie 1 --
Chapter 2 The Gold in Them Thar' Hills 11 --
Chapter 3 The Lousy Miners 33 --
Chapter 4 The Golden Time 53 --
Chapter 5 Bodie's Social Ladder 75 --
Chapter 6 The Bodie Fever Breaks: 1881 109 --
Chapter 7 Up Home 131 --
Chapter 8 Bodie State Historic Park 185 --
Appendix 1 Once Upon an Ancient Time 193 --
Appendix 2 De Re Metallica Redux 199 --
Appendix 3 The First Bodieites: The Kuzedika 205 --
Appendix 4 When a Bodie Meets a Bodie 215.
Responsibility: Marguerite Sprague.

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The Bodie Mining District was established in 1860 after the discovery of several small gold deposits in the area and a boom began in 1878 which lasted until 1880. This book brings the Californian  Read more...

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