October 20, 2011

Bodie, on the inside


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photo by Donald Kinney

Rough-and-tumble gold miners were lowered into the depths of hell in the Standard Mine for a sweltering day of work, but when they emerged a long row of drinking and "entertainment" establishments on Main Street provided, I suppose, adequate relief.



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Bodie did have a sheriff and a jail, but general lawlessness prevailed. Being a "bad man" from Bodie was a popular castigation of the day. One little girl who had been told she and her family were moving to Bodie was reported to have included in her prayer; "Good-bye God, we're moving to Bodie".



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But the truth is that very few wives followed their husbands into the gold regions. To my knowledge there was no "Tugboat Annie", and Susan B. Anthony had yet to make much of an impression on these harsh lands. Yet I am guessing many miners were looking for a bit of normalcy in their lives.



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Meals at all hours--sounds like a good idea. I imagine those crusty miners were hungry-as-hell when the alcohol started to wear off. Probably just enough time to wolf-down some grub before being lowered back down into that damn gold mine.



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2 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That second image looks very familiar, like the same one I took 20 some years ago to do a pen & ink drawing of. I think I half finished the drawing and moved on to another and it still sets in my pile of unfinished projects. Great posts and I hope you are not done yet with Bodie.

photowannabe said...

Love your peeks through the windows of Bodie.
I'm so glad you finally made it there. What a photographer's paradise.

 
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