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Old 08-28-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Nosey in Bodie

Last Saturday Laserb's ride to Sierras and Bodie these pictures were taken. Different from usual pics ppl take. These show construction as main subject.
Laserb on Hwy 89 southbound at hwy 4 intersection.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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Monitor pass Hwy 89 few miles before Hwy 395. Meet two riders from Pashnit Forum on the Summits. It's a small World kinda of meeting.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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First sighting of Bodie State Park. $3 admission fee. Three mile gravel road. Tricky when turning and brakeing. Middle roughness, no forks hitting stops stuff.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:18 AM   #4
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First building get to on the path from the parking lot. From the interior furnisngs it's a residence. A residence with an attached Outhouse
During the Summer temperatures nineties and hundreds. Elevation is 8000 ft so there's some elevation cooling. During the Winter 30 below temperatures.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:25 AM   #5
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Noticed first exterior walls were horizontal or verticle. When horizontal wood planks were used the planks were about 1/2=3/4" thick.
Two buildings joined together as one. Using Tin sheet metal to make the connection.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:42 AM   #6
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I've heard physical stature of people was shorter in the past. Some evidence of this is doorways, chairs and tables. Here the porch railing for modern ppl is at their knee level.
The buildings are surprizingly well preserved. Laserb mentioned freezing snow or dry conditions is all this place sees.
If there was any length of time of being just wet. That molding on the post would be first to go.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:48 AM   #7
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Nice wide porce appears to be made of Cedar planks. There's a mixture of Cedar, Redwood and Douglas Furs lumber used.
Bodie the town 1 by lumber made
See square nails popped up on the porch. Metal nails with only a first layer of rust on them.
On this porch, no doubt the residents after working the mines would relax taking in the view of the town below.

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Old 08-28-2005, 11:57 AM   #8
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Cluster of residences and workshops. Only furnace type vent pipes through the roof. A fire destroyed most of the town. Safer furnace pipes, small chimneys and popular sheet metal roofs. Might be adaptations to reduce the hazards.

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House uses both horizontal and vertical exterior wall planks. On the roof line see insulators for three wire power lines.
Notice that 2x12 used on the steps.

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Old 08-28-2005, 12:16 PM   #10
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Looking back at those buildings. Notice the grading into shale rock. Nice start for level surface to build on. Imagine miners had equipment that makes the job very easy.
Other building used stilts foundation to build on uneven surfaces.

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Old 08-28-2005, 12:19 PM   #11
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Metal roof made of tin sheets seamed together, impressive. Appears to be a Lead ridge shingles. Well preserved, rust is minimal.

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Old 08-28-2005, 12:28 PM   #12
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Exterior walls of this residence are horizontal. Hard to see but the inside walls are 1by planks verticle. On the verticle inner planks are lined with cotton wall covering.
The interior walls are 1by thick. Even the door is thin. Wallpaper and carpets, they weren't roughing it.
I thought how cute the child's cowboy hat. It is more likely an adult's hat that seeems small to our standards.
Those cloths on the floor. Bodie was a fashionable place.

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Is this a well head or natural gas line ?
This is small side yard fenched in with a picket fence and garden trelise (not shown). Someone likely enjoyed a little gardening.
Exterior walls made from sheet metal. Later pictures show posible reason for their use, beyond mateshift repair.

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Old 08-28-2005, 12:40 PM   #14
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Squeezed the camera through a hole in the wall. Sorta aimed and blindly took the flash picture. Couldn't see by eye was too dark.
Heh one of everything. One Ladder, One shelf, One drawer

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Did it again, letting the camera go were others fear to tread. Flash picture of my guess was a Blacksmith shop. Located near the stables makes sense.
The metal wall and a furnace pipe above. Might be the location of a blast furnace.
Guess it was used to store stuff. Someone has big feet

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