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 Waterman S. Bodey

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Waterman S. Bodey

  • Birth 1814 Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA
  • Death Nov 1859 Bodie, Mono County, California, USA
  • Burial Bridgeport, Mono County, California, USA
  • Plot Wards section, grave 11
  • Memorial ID 7423555

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


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 8 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7423555
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Waterman S. Bodey (1814–Nov 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7423555, citing Bodie Cemetery – Wards Section, Bridgeport, Mono County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .