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Bodie Mine House

Inside the gold mill at Bodie Ghost Town. Everything was powered by belt drives connected to a central drive plant which was powered by wood. Each mill went through 20 cords of wood per day to keep going. There were 9 mills going at once at it's peak. Combine this wood consumption with what the town itself of almost 10,000 people used and you begin to understand why they eventually were taking mule teams 80 miles each way to the foot hills of the Sierra's for wood. The entire area surrounding Bodie is completely denuded of trees because of this. There was no re planting or thought to conservation, only getting the gold out of the rock. By the time the wood finally ran out, electricity had arrived and processing continued using that.

Pretty amazing.

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Taken on July 9, 2008