Mono County Points of Interest

California Historic Point of Interest: Bodie and Benton Railroad 23 June 2009
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Bodie and Benton Railroad
State Route 167 Between US 395 and the Nevada Border
Lee Vining
Operated 1881-1918

Bodie and Benton Railroad

Surveyed in March, 1881, and completed in December, 1881 with materials hauled from Hawthorne, Nevada, through Bodie to this roadbed, at a cost of one million dollars. This narrow gauge railway carried timber supplies 31.74 miles from Mono Mills to Bodie Station, rising in grade 2074 feet to an elevation of 8500 feet. Operations continued until 1918, when decreased mining activity caused the railroad to be dismantled.

Erected 1969 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64.

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