By Ann Zeise
A Ranger’s cat popped out to greet us at the blacksmith shop, making us jump with fright. He condescended to let us pet and scratch him, but had learned his lesson not to come out from behind the barrier. One tourist had thought he was a stray and had been caught before he had left the town. Others have found the Bodie Cat photogenic, too:
- On a broken porch
- Peaking out a window
- With dramitc clouds behind him
- A closer photo also with dramatic clouds
Window shopping in Bodie is all there is for tourists. There are no “tourist traps” other than a few history books at the museum. The brick building is the Dechambeau Hotel and Post Office. The wooden building is the I.O.O.F. Hall on Main Street.
Jim, a lineman for PG&E, was fascinated by the Hydroelectric Building and Power Substation. A hydroelectric plant was built in Bridgeport and the power poles were installed in a straight line 13 miles to Bodie because it was thought that electricity could not turn corners. For 1892, this long-distance power system was an engineering feat. The Standard Company’s gold mine was the first in the world to operate an electric hoist.