Bodie was established as a mill town about 1900. At one time it had a store, post office, cookhouse, bunkhouse, and hotel. Almost every resident worked for the Perkins Milling Company. A giant stamp mill processed much of the ore taken from the Golden Reward, Bodie and the Elk (later the Golconda) mines. Business was good up until the late thirties when the mill and the town was shut down

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