BODIE, CALIFORNIANOW A GHOST TOWN.
Isabella Consolidated Gold & Silver Mining Company, San Francisco: 1879.
Broadsheet (418 x 350), being 3 unused stock certificates with corresponding order stubs, each perforated. Disbound, a few light creases, else fine.
Although the present stock certificates were issued in San Francisco, the Isabella Consolidated Gold & Silver Mining Company was based in Bodie, California, which is east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Mono County. Gold was first discovered there in 1859, but there were more profitable gold discoveries in 1877 and 1878 which attracted many, booming the town's population to 5000 to 7000 people in 1879. The population was already in decline by the end of 1880 although mining operations continued into the 1890s. The town was first labeled a ghost town in 1915 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.