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Waterman S. Bodey
Birth: 1814
Poughkeepsie
Dutchess County
New York, USA
Death: Nov., 1859
Bodie
Mono County
California, USA

American Folk Figure. A prospector and namesake of Bodie, California, he was a Dutchman from New York who discovered gold near Bridgeport in Mono County, California on July 20, 1859. That winter while returning with supplies he died in a snowstorm and never saw the town that took on his name. Bodey which was misspelled by a sign painter as “Bodie” stuck as the town name. Bodie became an instant boomtown with some huge gold strikes. At one point the town had over 10,000 residents and over 2,000 buildings. By 1882 most of the big strikes were history and folks began to go elsewhere. Fire destroyed much of Bodie in 1892 and again in 1932. Today Bodie is one of the largest and best-preserved ghost towns in the West. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Bodie Cemetery (Wards Section)
Bridgeport
Mono County
California, USA
Plot: Wards section, grave 11
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: May 08, 2003
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Waterman S. Bodey
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