From the plaque:
Gold was discovered here
in 1859 by Wm. S. Bodey, after whom the town was named. Once the most thriving metropolis of the
Mono country. Bodie's mines produced gold valued at more
than 100 million dollars. Tough as nails, the “Bad Man from Bodie” still carries his guns and his Bowie knife down through the pages of Western history.
Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission, the Mono County Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mono County Historical Society. September 12, 1964