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Benefit concert for Bodie State Historic Park

May 24, 2011

A benefit concert will be held at the Bridgeport Ranch Barn and Terrace, at 68 Twin Lakes Road, Bridgeport, California, on July 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors will open at 6p.m. Featured performers are Cowboy Entertainer Dave Stamey, the “Charlie Russell of Western Music,” and Professor David Bourne, “The Piano Player at the Gem Saloon” in HBO’s “Deadwood.”

Tickets are $35.00 per person and are available online atBodieFoundation.org or by calling (760) 647-6564. They are also available at the Museum in Bodie.

Once called the “Wildest Camp in the West,” Bodie State Historic Park is the best example of a western mining camp dating back to the 1860’s. The 200 + buildings date from the 1870’s to the 1890’s. Bodie was known for “bad men, bad whiskey, and the worst climate out of doors.”

Today Bodie is preserved in a state of “arrested decay” by California State Parks. Winter storms can generate winds in excess of 125 miles per hour and snow can sit in drifts of up to 20 feet. With conditions like these the structures are in constant need of repair and monitoring to identify structural damage. Bodie has long needed a consistent source of funding for the Bodie Stabilization Program.

The Bodie Foundation is kicking off the Bodie Stabilization Project with this Benefit Concert. It is the Bodie Foundations’ hope that the event will help keep Bodie standing, and help bring some needed business to the local economy.

For further information and ticket sales go to BodieFoundation.org or call (760) 647-6564.

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