Past Projects

Following the December 2016 earthquakes, the Bodie Foundation provided funds to help California State Parks repair building damage, including brick work and chimney work. The Foundation also helped financially with repair of the park’s water system that was damaged in the series of strong earthquakes.

These funds enabled the Bodie maintenance crew to work on several projects in 2017. The first was repair of the J.S. Cain house’s chimney. The earthquakes rotated the chimney seven degrees and it came loose from its base. “A couple more big shakes and the chimney could have come down,” said Eric Draper, Park Maintenance Assistant.

Crew members, which included Eric, Maintenance Mechanic James Anthony and Skilled Laborer Paul Serna-Garcia, built a platform and clamped the chimney down with compression straps. They then put on an A-frame, lifted the chimney a couple of inches and put it back square. The final touch was new mortar.   Photo By Paul Serna-Garcia, California State Parks

Crew members, which included Eric, Maintenance Mechanic James Anthony and Skilled Laborer Paul Serna-Garcia, built a platform and clamped the chimney down with compression straps. They then put on an A-frame, lifted the chimney a couple of inches and put it back square. The final touch was new mortar. Photo By Paul Serna-Garcia, California State Parks

Another major project was the brick section of Wheaton-Luhrs store. The crew clamped the wall with metal bars which had threaded metal bolts screwed into plywood on the inside of the building. Workers wrenched the bolts down to re-align the brick and mortar. The crew then took the roof off on the south side and rebuilt the top end of the wall. Photo by Katie Ogle

Another major project was the brick section of Wheaton-Luhrs store. The crew clamped the wall with metal bars which had threaded metal bolts screwed into plywood on the inside of the building. Workers wrenched the bolts down to re-align the brick and mortar. The crew then took the roof off on the south side and rebuilt the top end of the wall. Photo by Katie Ogle

Photo by Graham Payne, California State Parks

Photo by Graham Payne, California State Parks

Also, in 2017, Sierra District sent a stabilization crew to Bodie to begin work on a new permanent water treatment plant and building stabilization. The Bodie Foundation provided an additional $15,000 to these efforts. Photo by Graham Payne, California State Parks

Also, in 2017, Sierra District sent a stabilization crew to Bodie to begin work on a new permanent water treatment plant and building stabilization. The Bodie Foundation provided an additional $15,000 to these efforts. Photo by Graham Payne, California State Parks

Photo by Brad Sturdivant

Photo by Brad Sturdivant

In 2018, Bodie Foundation funded workers from the non-profit HistoriCorps to repair the roof of the Standard Mining Company’s hoisting works building. Photo by Brad Sturdivant

In 2018, Bodie Foundation funded workers from the non-profit HistoriCorps to repair the roof of the Standard Mining Company’s hoisting works building. Photo by Brad Sturdivant


The Bodie Stabilization Project

Projects completed since 2011

  • Moyle House – new roof, Repaired & sealed windows.

  • DV Cain Residence – new roof

  • Cameron House – porch & stairs

  • Lester Bell house – new porch & stairs, stabilized garage in back (The Swayback).

  • Reset the water tank near the Railroad office

  • Railroad Office – new roof, cleaning of interior, renailed ceiling in place.

  • Methodist Church – new roof, new steps

  • JS Cain Residence – Rebuild glass enclosure

  • Miller House – rebuild of chimney feel over in 2006 windstorm

  • Standard Mill – replace steps

  • Kirkwood – put ceilings back up, roof repair

  • Major – stabilized floor and made safe an exterior well

  • Replacing windows on various buildings