Jim Cain a Canadian, arrived in Bodie in 1879 after the Comstock Lode in Virginia City was declining. He astutely went into the lumber business, for the boom in Bodie mining required enormous amounts of wood for construction and fuel. He cut down trees which were plentiful in the western mountain slopes and transported the wood across Mono Lake by barge. As Cain prospered, he diversified and invested in mines and leased the Bodie Railroad and Lumber Company which replaced his barge.
In this view, his sawmill is helped to stay erect with wood supports. A fine example of California State Park's policy for Bodie of "arrested decay".
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Oceania (2165) 2013-01-29 6:53
Without the support beam, the wood structure would collapse. People make efforts to preserve our history. That's a good thing.
PS: I took your advice to crop the picture and posted in workshop.
Noel_Byrne (7450) 2013-01-30 11:27
Arrested decay, a phrase I've not come across before, but I can see its meaning, and its value very well here. Great to see this building maintain its original look, and with minimal intervention. This looks like a briliant place, really enjoying your shots from here. Also, I am rather envious of that blue sky, we've nothing but a blanket of grey here for weeks now!
All the best