A Trip to Bodie
Bluff and the Dead Sea of the West (Mono Lake)--in 1863
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written and illustrated by J. Ross Browne.
The adventures of a noted humorist of the 1860s during an excursion at their heyday
to the mines of Bodie, Aurora, and the Mono Lake region. Author Browne was a man of many
hats: he was a minerals engineer, an almost politician, locator of coastal post offices in
California, recorder and publisher of California's constitutional convention, and writer
and artist for Harper's New Monthly Magazine. Browne's writing is not of the
"superlative" or romantic variety popular at his time; instead Browne found fun
in the foibles of man's endeavors--and poked at them. In fact, Mark Twain's earlier
writings were on this same region of eastern California and central Nevada, and the
incidents and even the illustrations in Twain's works seem to have been inspired by
Browne's preceding writing. Today, we can still see vestiges of some of the scenes Browne
saw, for California maintains Bodie today in "a state of arrested decay" as a
state park. Park visitors will better understand the scene with these insights from an
Illustrated, 72 pages.
Order #: VIST0076 paper$4.95 OUT OF PRINT--some
scuffed copies available
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