Bodie has harsh weather, plain and simple. Being at 8400 feet in elevation winds can come whipping through the valley approaching 100mph. Nights, even in the summer can dip below freezing with an average of 303 days a year with lows of 32F (0C) degrees or lower. The winter of 1878-1879 was particularly bad claiming the lives of many residents. The average annual snowfall is 97 inches. January 1969 recorded 97 inches alone and the heaviest snowfall for a year in recorded time was 1965 with 269 inches.
Now consider that as you think back to pictures of the homes you've seen so far.
This home seemed comfortable considering some we've already viewed.
We've got plumbing!
Someone commented as to perhaps the park service went in and dusted things every once in awhile. I think this photo will answer that.
This room provided more questions than answers. That is a radio but I certainly would have thought radio reception not possible in such a remote place. The bed with sides? For a child? That appears to be a tin bathtub. This room is just to the right of the kitchen above. Heat water on the stove to fill the tub and keep the kid confined to the bed nearby while you worked in the kitchen listening to the radio? If that's the case, the baby lost his bottle on the floor.
Okay, this really irks me! People throwing money onto the bed. If you think this is bad, go to the Grand Canyon and view all the coins littering the rock pinnacles, an easy toss from the canyon edge. (I'll not get started) I wanted to show the nice bed frame and sewing machine in the corner.
This was an interesting piece of furniture. The top half looks as if for a desk to hold papers and books yet the bottom is more like for dishes and serving ware. I suspect this was the formal dining area and it was for the better dinnerware and table cloths.
A guest room?
A fireplace and reclining sofa. That looks like a velvet rope that would hang around a door frame to dress up the doorway. A parlor? The floor has been covered with linoleum three times and there is a fuse holder with a wire coming off of it on the window frame. A nice room to entertain guests, but why a bed in the same room? Maybe in their later years as friends moved away it was used as a bedroom for grandma.
Here's a selfie. I wanted to show that even with the finer homes one had to stuff cloth in the windows to keep out the howling sub-zero winds of Bodie.