So by now some of you may have been thinking that some of these homes, saloons and other buildings have been "set up" to look like how it was at the time. Supposedly this is not so and I'd like to believe that. I want to believe. But when it came to the school house I find it difficult to think this is how it was left, especially with the writing on the chalkboards.
With the disastrous fires that took place in Bodie, surely some kids wondered why the school house never burned down. Such was the misery of living in Bodie.
Nice to see that they had a music program that wasn't eliminated due to budget cuts. The poster states Spirit of Education 1885? to1933 so it dates the classroom's final usage period.
Notice the chalk board to the left.
It appears that if you were a boy and lived in Bodie, your fate was sealed. You were destined to be a miner. Here you see the school learning tools used for Mining 101.
Here I wanted to capture the sun baked globe sitting right by the window, plus the background too. A bit difficult to get good depth of field through dirty glass with the sun behind you. That globe has no map features left to it. They had been cooked off by the sun long ago leaving the severely cracked solid wood sphere. Notice the books are scattered about the desks just a little to...
The math problems. Pretty basic. Sure they had children of all ages in one classroom but it's pretty simple stuff to devote an entire chalkboard for. The middle board has written:
Eighth grade your ?? are due Friday
Lakeside picnic on October 1st
Potluck dinner and Sunday services bring your jack-o-lantern
Lakeside has to be Mono Lake as there are no other lakes. Mono Lake is 15 to 18 miles away on a extremely rough and rugged road not to be taken lightly. Certainly not something you'd want to cart off a school house full of kids on. If the picnic is on the first, why is the potluck dinner near Halloween a full month away already being reminded about? The names to the right are Johnny, Bobby, Victor and Michael. Not names I would associate with the time period. Elmer, Floyd, Homer, Elijah, yes. The drawing is the backside of a cat, pretty nicely done for a school kid but maybe Michael's last name was Angelo.