|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1885, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1974|
San Mateo County
Emil Billeb was a photographer and miner during the heyday of Great Basin (Nevada and Eastern Sierra) mining camps. He tells the stories with charm and his great camera of the people, technology, and environment.
Author of "Mining Camp Days"
In the spring of 1908, Billeb traveled from Tonopah, seven miles by train, 35 miles by Concord stage, to find the once thriving town of Bodie diminished to a population of 300. The Bodie Railroad & Lumber Company was under new management and he was to be the representative. Both the railroad and Mono Saw Mill were in considerable disrepair, and would be refurbished to run much longer than most antiquated operations of it's kind would have. During Billeb's stay, the days of the "bad man of Bodie" were gone, but there were still plenty of shenanigans going on amongst those who lived and worked there..
Emil was instrumental in having a plaque dedicated to his father-in-law James Stuart Cain in the historic Ghost town of Bodie,
A member of the Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, preserving Western history, and the first Humbug of the Bodie Chapter 64 in Mono County in 1965.
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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