The Bodie Hotel.
Imagine arriving by stage and pulling up to a stop in front of the Bodie Hotel. The first thing you notice is this town has paved sidewalk. Wow, this is nice. Then you soon discover only the hotel has this nice feature and your visit to Bodie goes downhill from there on.
Let's hear it for photo programs as these next two photos were really bad with the dirty windows and all and I was able to greatly improve upon them.
Typical hotel rates were $1-2 a day with meals. Notice the open safe in back.
Directly across the street was the Dechambeau Hotel and I.O.O.F Hall (International Order of Foresters) and more of that deceiving sidewalk.
I guess at the Bodie Hotel getting a meal at any time was nice but if you were more interested in wetting your whistle and washing down the desert dust from the long coach ride in, then this was the hotel to step into first. I suppose it could boast having the longest bar in Bodie.
At the I.O.O.F. Hall where the Bodie Men's Club convened, one could get in their daily exercise workout. I don't see miners doing this considering the work they did was a workout in itself. Perhaps the merchants, shop owners and gentlemen of Bodie?
The stairwell at the back of the hall where I can easily picture someone making their escape out back while somebody with a gun in hand entered up front. There was lodging upstairs. The stairwell was covered with a roof, a unique feature I thought. I also thought I had a photo of it from that angle too but evidently not, probably due to shooting into the sun. Really harsh troublesome light by this time of the day.