The photos below are what we saw.
Deb were kind enough to let us park Thor right in front of their
house. Thor got plenty of attention from the party-goers
east on I-80 out of Reno we came upon an overturned vehicle on
the westbound side. The NHP had all traffic on the highway
stopped to allow rescue equipment to come opposing traffic.
followed back roads and eventually hit US-395 at
Bridgeport. We traveled south to the Bodie access road and
then east toward the Bodie ghost town. Along the path, we
spotted a huge herd of sheep being worked by a team of dogs.
to Bodie started paved and eventually switched to dirt.
The road was quite steep and was soon over 8,000 feet in
elevation. The old Bodie town site can be seen on the
distant hills. We passed an oncoming car with a fellow
that was rabid to give us his entrance ticket. It was odd
when we got to the gate as the gate attendant did not recognize
Thor, but the ticket was valid so he was forced to let us in for
found here in 1859 by W.S. Bodey. During the life of the
mine, an estimated $100M of gold was produced. By the late
1930s it was all over but the crying. The crash left
plenty of old equipment lying around. Above is a steam
boiler that was used to power the hoists and pumps at the mine.
close-up of the heat exchanger in the boiler.
steam-powered, gear driven cable hoist.
hoist "cables" were actually braided wire straps about an inch
pulley from the hoist head frame.
cages were used to hoist cargo and miners from the collar to
their work stations below ground.
different style of muck bucket with the Bodie mill in the
background on the far hill.
were plenty of old structures at the Bodie site.
was given, but I am sure that there were over 100 abandoned
structures at Bodie. Some were stores and shops, others
were miner's residences and churches.
the artifacts that remained a 66" Pelton water wheel. The
wheel was used to transform high pressure water into motive
Pelton cups catch the high pressure water and turn the wheel.
the many churches in Bodie.
portion of a hoist assembly. These are large cable spools.
cart used to move muck.
self-dumping ore cart.
type of self-dumping ore cart.
surface ore cart.
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