Guide to the Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Collection, 1901-1993 (bulk 1988-1993)

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Guide to the Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Collection, 1901-1993 (bulk 1988-1993)

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bodie Consolidated Mining Company collection,
Date (inclusive): 1901-1993
Date (bulk): (bulk 1988-1993)
Collection number: Consult repository
Collector: Bodie Consolidated Mining Company
Extent: 28.2 cubic feet 30 Boxes
Repository: California. Department of Parks and Recreation.
McClellan, CA 95652
Abstract: The Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Collection contains records collected and created by the Bodie Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Galactic Resources Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada, which performed mining exploration activities near the Bodie State Historic Park between 1988 and 1993. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) acquired these records in 1997 along with property and geologic ore samples. Records include internal memos, correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, administrative and financial records, legal and property title documents, historical reference materials and records, drilling summaries and logs, geologic and metallurgic reports, environmental baseline studies, draft environmental impact reports, cultural resource documentation, aerial photographs, and miscellaneous mining-related reference materials. BCMC's exploratory activities near Bodie State Historic Park were the source of much controversy. BCMC ceased operations in the Bodie area in early 1993, after its parent company went bankrupt.
Physical location: California State Parks Archives

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research. Individual employee records, individual social security tax records, and applications for employment and resumes containing personal information amounting to approximately .3 cubic feet are permanently restricted.

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Property rights reside with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Parks Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Collection.CSPA-324: [box: folder number], California State Parks Archives, McClellan, California.

Acquisition Information

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) acquired these records in 1997.

Administrative History

The Bodie Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC) was created in 1988 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Galactic Resources Ltd. (GRL) of Vancouver, Canada, to perform mining exploration activities near the Bodie State Historic Park in Mono County, California. Much of BCMC's management was conducted through Galactic Services Inc. (GSI) of Reno, Nevada (also a subsidiary of Galactic Resources) while day-to-day operations were managed at the project site in Bodie.
The creation of the BCMC sprang from Galactic Resources' acquisition of property near the Bodie State Historic Park from Homestake Mining Company in 1988. This property included public Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, and land leased from individuals who held mining claims in the area. Homestake had been conducting exploratory drilling activities in the area periodically in the 1970s and mid 1980s. In 1986, Homestake had conducted an internal Environmental Reconnaissance Report on its Bodie holdings, which concluded that the area contained vast reserves of gold and that a mining operation would encounter only minor opposition. Homestake offered the property for sale the next year, telling prospective buyers that gold could be extracted by open pit mining methods. In early 1988, Galactic Resources began evaluating Homestake's Bodie property for purchase.
Galactic's initial evaluations of the site were not uniformly positive. An internal memo called it a "high risk prospect" in April 1988. Nevertheless, the company agreed to acquire Homestake's mining rights in the area in May 1988. Homestake and Galactic Resources entered into a "strategic agreement" in which Galactic purchased Homestake's entire interest in the Bodie Mining District, amounting to over 47 square miles. This transaction was worth approximately $39,500,000.
Galactic Resources Ltd. was run by Robert Friedland, a man with a somewhat obscure past who founded the company in the early 1980s and made a name for himself in financial circles for his "innovative" financing of mining operations. Galactic's mining properties included the Summitville Mine in Colorado, Ivanhoe Mine in Nevada, Ridgeway Mine in South Carolina, and mines in Asia and South America. In the late 1980s, Galactic Resources was one of the top 25 gold mining companies in North America.
From the start, BCMC was a very small operation that relied heavily on contractors to complete most of its functions, including drilling, assaying, and reclamation, as well as surveying, data gathering, lobbying, and public relations. At various times its formal staff was comprised only of two to three employees, and it relied heavily on management and legal staff from Galactic Services in Reno, and administrative staff at Galactic Resources in Vancouver. The original manager for the Bodie project was William B. Williams of Galactic Services, who remained in Reno. Chief Geologist Mark Whitehead, with assistant chief geologist Gordon Gumble, set up a mobile office on the ridge near the Bodie State Historic Park. They also hired three "rig geologists" and a local labor crew. GSI lawyer Kirk Williams served as "landman" and legal counsel for the project.
BCMC's initial move into the Bodie area did not spark controversy, although the company did receive some local press coverage. Newspapers reported that the company was doing low-level exploration, and that any mine development was likely three to five years away. In August 1988, BCMC filed an Application for a Director's Review with Mono County for permission to continue Homestake's mining exploratory activities. The Directors Review did not have as many requirements as a formal "use permit," nor was it subject to the same level of public review or comment. BCMC's application noted that less than five acres would be disturbed and that BCMC planned to drill 50 holes on BLM lands and 85 holes on "fee" lands. No appeals were made to the application and Mono County approved it within a month. BCMC began drilling in fall of 1988.
Although in all public statements Galactic and BCMC insisted that the company did not have specific plans for the Bodie property and that its activities were merely exploratory, internally, Galactic staff discussed the likelihood of an open-pit mine at least as early as September 1988. The company also recognized the need for a "permit strategy" early on to assure that it would be able to pursue its goals and counter any opposition. The permit strategy was based on the assumption that the Bodie site had at least ten million tons of ore reserves, that one million could be extracted per year with open pit mining, and that the ore would be processed with cyanide, a method used by most modern mining operations. The company hired a permit strategy consultant, who informed Galactic that the most sensitive issue was the proximity of an active mining area to Bodie State Historic Park, but that a "well-conceived plan" would mean that renewal of mining in the area "could meet with a positive reaction."
Galactic also recognized in 1988 that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be required for mining activities, and possibly for exploratory drilling, and sought to control the eventual outcome of such a report. An EIR would be prepared by a contractor hired by the "lead agency" for the project (in this case Mono County) but the contractor would likely rely on technical information provided by BCMC. BCMC soon hired Western Cultural Resource Management (WCRM) of Denver to begin archeological and historical research (GSI also hired a Reno-based manager, Penny McPherson, for that project) as well as other contractors to perform "baseline" environmental studies. Galactic's permit strategy consultant felt that "by controlling the baseline information that the EIR-EIS consultant has to review, Galactic Services will thus specify the scope and extent of the study." ("Permit Requirements and Strategies,"1988, Folder 6.0, Box 10.)
However, Galactic's hope that BCMC's activities would raise only limited concern and its belief that it could control the permitting process to its advantage soon gave way to another reality. By 1989 the project had become a highly charged political issue that would eventually involve Mono County, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the California State Legislature, and the US Congress, as well as the public and various advocacy organizations.
In early 1989, public and media attention began to turn toward BCMC's activities in Bodie. Using Galactic's promotional materials, and statements by BCMC, GSI, and GRL staff, newspapers began reporting that Galactic planned an open pit mine, and that it believed that a substantial amount of gold would be found. Editorials appeared suggesting that the ridge behind the Bodie town site would be destroyed, noise and dust would ruin the quiet atmosphere, blasting would harm or destroy the town's buildings, and cyanide would endanger the local environment. Mono County began to receive letters of protest, and environmental organizations and the California State Park Rangers Association (CSPRA) began to express concern over the project. CSPRA formed an organization called "Save Bodie!" to raise public awareness of the project.
BCMC and Galactic staff soon recognized they needed to project a positive image of their activities in order to offset negative press. The company hired public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. Hill and Knowlton published the "Bodie Bulletin," a pamphlet extolling the project and suggesting that mining would revive Mono County's economy. The Bulletin also argued that the family that had sold the town site to the State, the Cains, always wanted mining to resume. Galactic Services also organized the Mono County Mining Committee to promote mining as a boon to the local economy.
By mid 1989, increasing public scrutiny of BCMC's activities had turned the project into a political issue. In May 1989, California Congressman Richard Lehman (D-San Jose) urged the National Park Service to survey the boundaries of the Bodie National Historic Landmark. The NPS, which had become alarmed by the resumption of active mining exploration in the area, soon embarked on this boundary survey. The NPS issued a memo that suggested that the Bodie NHL should incorporate the "total picture," including landscape features in the surrounding area. This stand alarmed Galactic and its public relations consultants, who argued that the company should "go public to challenge the rarified ‘Ghost Town' premise being developed by the National Park Service" and argue that mining would enhance the Bodie experience. The California DPR also issued a media packet in summer of 1989 expressing concern over the effects of a mining project on aesthetic, historical, and physical dangers to Bodie State Historic Park, although the agency did not take an official position on the project.
While criticism of the project mounted, there was support for BCMC's activities as well. Mono County, and especially four of five members of its Board of Supervisors, was positively disposed toward BCMC's presence in the area. The Supervisors expressed their displeasure at various measures designed to stop mining in Bodie, and passed resolutions declaring that mining was beneficial to the county economy. Mono County told Congressman Lehman that it intended to protect the town of Bodie but "at the same time, protect the rights of our citizens to propose uses for their lands."
In the meantime, Chief Geologist Whitehead and his staff supervised crews of laborers and geologists as they drilled over 100 sample holes on the property between 1988 and 1990. They also oversaw the work of various contractors gathering environmental and cultural resource and archeological data. However, as public pressure mounted, an increasing amount of their time was also spent monitoring media coverage of its activities and of critics, giving tours to politicians and the media, writing editorials and letters, and reporting to Galactic on the state of the project and of public relations.
In early 1990, NPS completed its research on the NHL boundary, which concluded that it should include Galactic land. Other political challenges to the Bodie project appeared that year. In March the chairman of California State Senate's Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee, Dan McCorquodale, introduced a resolution to urge the Bureau of Land Management to prevent mining on federal lands adjacent to Bodie State Historic Park. Senate Joint Resolution 60 (SJR 60) directed the BLM to consider withdrawing public lands within the Bodie Mining District from mineral land classification to "protect and perpetuate" its national resources. The appearance of SJR 60 angered the Mono County Board of Supervisors and BCMC, although SJR 60 had no actual legal power to limit mining in the area. Mono County Supervisors complained that it infringed on their power to decide land use planning issues in Mono.
When BCMC submitted a second Application for a Director's Review in May of 1990 to continue its drilling activities, the company faced a very different political climate. Mono County issued a public notice soliciting comments on the Director's Review, and received many letters that demanded some kind of public hearing over BCMC's permits for drilling. These letters came from citizens, and state and federal agencies. At this point, Mono County had to admit that the project was "controversial." Mono County decided a use permit would be required and issued its decision in August. In late September BCMC submitted an application for a use permit for a "significantly expanded mineral exploration program."
The Mono County Planning Department also decided that an EIR was required for it to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and suggested that BCMC fund an EIR, which would be open to public scrutiny. This EIR would cover the exploratory drilling program only. BCMC, which had assumed that such a report would be necessary, agreed. Mono County issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR. Many public responses to the NOP criticized the fact that the contractor assigned to prepare the EIR (Beak Consultants, Inc.) would rely on data provided by BCMC. The original EIR was on a very tight schedule, with drafts due within weeks of the selection of the EIR contractor. This schedule suggested to some critics that either BCMC or Mono County sought to conduct an EIR in name only, with no time for Beak to do independent analysis. However, the EIR was delayed repeatedly, in part due to delays in submitting technical reports, and in part due to public controversy. The Draft EIR did not appear until late November of 1992, almost two years late.
In the meantime, both internal and external forces had transformed the Bodie project. The NPS draft nomination for Bodie Historic District Boundary Enlargement appeared in late 1991, with an expanded boundary encompassing almost 3000 acres. In the same year, the Bureau of Land Management also released its Bishop Area Resource Management Plan (which included Bodie). The plan called for the area to be designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Under this designation, BCMC would have to submit a Plan of Operations to the BLM.
Political pressure was also coming from the federal legislative level. In March 1992, Richard Lehman and George Miller co-sponsored the Bodie Protection Act of 1992 (HR 4370) which would have withdrawn 6000 acres of public lands in the "Bodie Bowl" from mineral entry, required an expedited review of the validity of all recorded claims and the voiding of any invalid claims, and prohibited further mineral patenting of federal land in the area (except in grandfathered cases). HR 4370 failed in the Senate. However, the bill was reintroduced the next year as the Bodie Protection Act of 1993 (HR 240). By 1993, the political climate had shifted, and Mono County and the Pete Wilson administration supported the bill. Although this bill eventually failed as well, another Bodie Protection Bill introduced in 1994 did pass.
Meanwhile, BCMC was experiencing internal pressures. The general decline in the price of gold damaged the financial standing of Galactic Resources, which had less money to devote to the Bodie project after 1989. The cordial relationship that BCMC enjoyed with its cultural resource contractor, Western Cultural Resource Management, also deteriorated.
However, it was issues related to Galactic Resource's Summitville mine in Colorado that brought the Bodie project to an unexpected conclusion. The Summitville Mine had long been a problem for Colorado and Galactic. The mine had opened in 1986, and serious environmental problems soon appeared. Periodic cyanide spills were occurring, wiping out aquatic life on a 17-mile stretch of the Alamosa River. Summitville was allowed to continue its operations for a while despite these problems, but operations were finally suspended in 1991. In July 1992, Galactic and Colorado agreed that the company would complete remediation and reclamation of the site by the end of November and that the company would raise its bond with the State to over seven million dollars, with refunds during different phases of work. In late fall, the state refunded 1/3 of the bond despite continuing environmental problems and despite estimates that the site clean up could cost Colorado up to 20-70 million dollars. Yet in 1992 Galactic announced that it would have to sell nearly all its assets, including the Bodie property, to cover costs at Summitville. Galactic's initial asking price for the Bodie property was 35 million dollars.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation, which had been long concerned with the fact that Bodie State Historic Park was surrounded by mining claims, took interest when Galactic announced it was disposing of holdings. However, Galactic's reduced asking price of 12 million dollars in October 1992 was more than the DPR was able to spend. CEO Peter Guest of Galactic (Robert Friedland had left the company at the end of 1990) told the DPR that if it did not buy the property, Galactic would market it to other mining companies. However, Galactic could not find a buyer. The Summitville Mine filed for bankruptcy in December of 1992, and the EPA's Superfund took control of the site. The Summitville Mine eventually brought down Galactic Resources, which also declared bankruptcy in January 1993. Control of the company's few remaining assets, including the Bodie property, passed to the control of a trustee. BCMC ceased operations soon after, and the property was eventually sold to the DPR in 1997 for $5,004,000.


Pre-1850 The Bodie area is inhabited by Mono Paiute Indians.
1859 The Bodie district is "discovered"by gold prospectors W. S. Body and E.S. Taylor. Body dies the following winter in a snowstorm.
1860 A small group of miners begins working claims and organizes the mining district in July, honoring Body by naming it after him. The name is gradually standardized to "Bodie" in the next few years.
1860s The town of Bodie grows slowly. The Bodie Bluff Consolidated Mining Company (later the Empire Company) brings miners to Bodie and by 1864 a permanent mining community is established.
1875-1877 The discovery of a rich vein of gold ore begins the "Bodie Rush."
1877-1882 The Bodie district reaches its peak production. In its heyday, Bodie has a population of over 6,000 residents, and possibly more than 10,000.
1883-1890 Mines begin shutting down and Bodie experiences a steady decline. By 1890, only two mines are in operation.
1890s Bodie resident and property owner J.S. Cain introduces cyanide mining and electricity, sparking a small revival of mining in Bodie. This revival consists mostly of reworking of old mine tailings and low-grade ore dumps. Only a few hundred residents of Bodie remain.
1910-1920 Bodie's population drops from 500 to less than 100. By the 1920s, Bodie has become known as a "Ghost Town" and attracts tourists.
1928-1932 The Treadwell-Yukon Company (with the Homestake Mining company as a silent partner) undertakes an extensive exploration program, sampling all accessible mine workings in the Bodie Bluff and Silver Hill areas. The company processes about 400,000 tons of discarded ore and mined quartz.
1935 The National Sites Act creates the National Historic Landmark System. J.S. Cain, the primary property owner in the Bodie area, leases his mining property to the Roseklip Mines Company and moves to San Francisco.
1935-1942 The Roseklip Mines Company erects a cyanide plant and mines 55,000 tons of material.
1942-1945 World War II interrupts mining in Bodie.
1946 The Klipstein-Rosecrans Mill is destroyed by fire, mining is halted, and the town is all but abandoned. Bodie becomes a popular tourist destination.
1946-1962 The Cain family employs a guard to watch over the town of Bodie, and begins negotiations with the State of California to purchase the town site for conversion to a state park in the mid 1950s. The Cains do not offer all of the surrounding land for sale to the state, retaining mining rights and leasing the land to various prospectors.
1958 The National Park Service completes a Historic Sites Survey Form outlining the nationally significant characteristics of the Bodie Historic District. The NPS does not give the landmark a clear boundary, but suggests that the setting and isolation are important qualities of the ghost town.
1961 The Bodie Historic District is designated a National Historic Landmark on July 4 as part of the "Mining Frontier" theme.
1962 The purchase of the Bodie town site is completed, and the town and some surrounding land (324 acres total) is designated a State Historic Park.
1966 The town of Bodie is named to the National Register of Historic Places.
1968-1969 The ASARCO mining company performs samples on some of the underground workings around Bodie, drilling approximately 39 holes.
1972-1974 The Phelps-Dodge Mining Company works in the Bodie area, performing underground sampling, and drilling 10 holes in the northern part of the district.
1976 Homestake Mining Company conducts a somewhat intensive exploration program in the Bodie district for the next two years, drilling at least 63 holes.
1978 The California Department of Parks and Recreation releases the Bodie State Historic Park Resource Management Plan, General Development Plan, and Environmental Impact Report, which reaffirm that Bodie State Historic Park will be preserved in a state of "arrested decay." The General Development Plan's land use recommendations argue against open pit mining as a resolution to land use conflicts arising from mining interests in the area.
1983 Homestake farms out its Bodie property to the NERCO minerals company, which performs a limited reevaluation of the potential ore to be found in the Bodie District.
1985-1986 Homestake increases its operations in Bodie once again, drilling 11 "reverse circulation" holes, creating a detailed geologic map and performing metallurgical testing. Homestake Mining also performs an internal "Environmental Reconnaissance Report" on the area, and collects baseline data for a future Environmental Impact Report. The company offers the property for sale soon after.
May 1988 Homestake and Galactic Resources Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada enter a "strategic agreement" in which Galactic purchases Homestake's entire interest in the Bodie Mining District. This transaction is worth approximately $39,500,000.
Summer 1988 Bodie Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Galactic Resources, is created.
August 1988 BCMC applies for a "Director's Review" from Mono County for an extension of the permit for exploratory drilling. BCMC begins exploratory drilling at the Bodie site.
September 1988 BCMC's application for a Director's Review is approved and the permit is extended. BCMC hires Western Cultural Resource Management of Denver to begin archeological and historical research in preparation for an eventual EIR.
June 1989 The National Park Service begins an update and upgrade to the National Historic Landmark documentation in Bodie in response to the new exploratory drilling. The NPS seeks to secure a more expansive definition of the Historic Landmark District that includes the surrounding landscape, including land controlled by BCMC.
1989 Galactic Services Inc. of Reno (another subsidiary of Galactic Resources and the entity responsible for most management functions of BCMC) organizes the Mono County Mining Committee to promote mining as part of Mono County's revised General Plan.
June 1989 BCMC temporarily suspends drilling activities at Bodie, resuming a few months later.
March 1990 California Senate Joint Resolution 60 is passed, directing the BLM to consider withdrawing public lands within the Bodie Mining District from mineral land classification.
May 1990 BCMC's application for another Directors' Review to extend its drilling permit sparks controversy. Mono County recognizes that the project is controversial, and concludes that BCMC should apply for a "Use Permit" and that an Environmental Impact Report would be required for its drilling program. BCMC agrees to the EIR.
September 1990 Mono County releases a "Notice of Preparation" (NOP) for BCMC's EIR, and distributes it for comment. A contract is signed for Beak Associates to create the EIR for BCMC's exploratory activities. The original due date for the administrative draft of the EIR is set at October 1, 1990, with the Draft EIR due December 1, 1990, and the Final EIR due February 15, 1991.
October 1990 Public meetings are held in Mono County regarding the NOP. Mono County begins receiving hundreds of letters regarding the NOP.
March 1991 Mono County announces that subsequent issues raised by the public have lengthened the time needed for preparation of the EIR, and pushes the due dates for each version of the EIR back approximately 6 months.
June 1991 Mono county officially suspends the time period for the EIR due to "unanticipated and unreasonable delays" in submittal of technical reports by BCMC.
August 1991 WCRM completes its work for BCMC, noting that it felt that BCMC staff put pressure on WCRM personnel to modify their conclusions. BCMC responds that any changes suggested reflected merely the poor quality of the WCRM reports.
September 1991 BLM issues its final resource management plan for the Bishop area, which includes Bodie. The plan calls for the area to be designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, which is intended to protect historic values in the area. Under this designation, BCMC would have to submit a Plan of Operations to the BLM. BCMC files a protest. The plan is also criticized for not going far enough to protect Bodie, as it does not recommend the withdrawal of land from mineral development. The BLM initiates a review of all objections to the plan that extends into late 1992.
March 1992 H.R. 4370, the Bodie Protection Act of 1992 is introduced in the US House of Representatives by California Congressman Richard Lehman.
May 1992 Mark Whitehead, BCMC's Project Manager appears before the Interior Mining Subcommittee of Congress to oppose HR 4370.
1991-1992 Closure and cleanup of its Summitville, Colorado mine creates financial hardship for Galactic Resources. It announces that it will sell the Bodie property to pay for cyanide cleanup operations in Summitville as part of its reclamation agreement with the state of Colorado.
October 1992 California Department of Parks and Recreation begins discussions with Galactic Resources to acquire its Bodie property.
November 1992 Mono County completes the Draft EIR and a Notice of Completion is filed, making the EIR available for the public for review through the end of December.
December 1992 The Summitville Consolidated Mining Company declares bankruptcy and leaves its cyanide gold mine in Colorado.
January 1993 Galactic Resources Ltd. files for bankruptcy in Canada.
March 1993 HR 240, The Bodie Protection Act of 1993 is introduced in Congress, with support from the Save Bodie organization, Mono County, and California Governor Pete Wilson, but does not pass. Meanwhile, BCMC leaves the Bodie region.
April 1993 The Bureau of Land Management's Bishop Resource Management Plan is adopted.
October 1994 The Bodie Protection Act of 1994 passes Congress. This act withdraws 6135 acres of federal lands from mineral location and entry under US mining laws. It also allows additional non-federal lands to be withdrawn under the law if first acquired by BLM.
1993-1996 DPR personnel recommend that the DPR pursue acquisition of the Bodie property and seek funding sources for purchase from the Galactic trustee. The DPR begins negotiations with the trustee, attorney Robert Rusko of Peat, Marwick, Thorne of Vancouver. The asking price for the property drops gradually from 12 million to about 5 million US dollars.
1997 The State of California buys BCMC's land, property and records for $5,004,000. The land purchase includes 517 acres of land around the Bodie State Historic Park.
September 1997 The Bodie State Historic Park is re-dedicated.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Bodie Consolidated Mining Company Collection contains records collected and created by the Bodie Consolidated Mining Company (BCMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Galactic Resources Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada, which performed mining exploration activities near the Bodie State Historic Park in Mono County, California, between 1988 and 1993. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) acquired these records in 1997, along with property and ore samples.
Records include memos, correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, administrative and financial records, legal and property title documents, historical reference materials and records, drilling summaries and logs, geologic and metallurgic reports, environmental baseline studies, draft environmental impact reports, cultural resource documentation, aerial photographs, and miscellaneous mining-related reference materials.
BCMC's exploratory activities near Bodie State Historic Park were the source of much controversy. BCMC's activities prompted the National Park Service to update its documentation to secure a more expansive definition of the Historic Landmark District. Federal and State lawmakers introduced legislation limiting the potential for mining in the Bodie area. The California State Park Rangers Association created a group called "Save Bodie" to protest BCMC's presence in the area. Mono County received hundreds of responses to the "Notice of Preparation" for BCMC's Environmental Impact Report. Researchers interested in this controversy will find Series 6, "Environmental and Permitting," and Series 1, "Administrative," of most use. These series contain a number of internal and external documents that highlight these issues. Files relating to the Mono County Planning Department (beginning with "") have a number of documents that relate to the need for the EIR; files relating to the Mono County Board of Supervisors ( show the county's positive orientation toward mining activities. Administrative files of most relevance to the controversy in Series 1 include those beginning with "1.4" through "1.6", which relate to public relations and internal and external correspondence of BCMC staff. Series 9, "Mining/Pit Operations" also contains documents on Galactic's plans regarding the Bodie site.
Researchers primarily interested in the geologic and metallurgical data collected by BCMC will find Series 8, "Geological" and Series 7, "Metallurgy," of most value. Series 8 contains drill hole logs from BCMC, and re-logs of previous drilling activities, as well as assay analysis reports. Series 7 contains materials regarding the metallurgical testing of geologic samples from BCMC's drilling program, including "shake test" results, and results of cyanide testing. Researchers interested in the environmental baseline data collected by BCMC contractors, or archeological or historical data collected by Western Cultural Resource Management should consult Series 6, "Environmental and Permitting," particularly files beginning with ""
Those interested in historical mining claims on the land near Bodie, or in the details of the financial transaction between Galactic Resources and its predecessor, Homestake Mining, should consult Series 2, "Land and Legal" and Series 12, "Historical."
Researchers interested in the history of the Bodie mining district may also wish to consult the Bodie State Historic Park Archives (c. 1875-1970) held at the California State Archives. Records related to a nineteenth century mining concern also named "Bodie Consolidated Mining Company" can be found in that collection.
BCMC ceased operations in the Bodie area in early 1993, after its parent company Galactic Resources declared bankruptcy.


The collection is organized into thirteen record series. The series in this collection correspond to an original file index created by Galactic Resources for BCMC records. A copy of this file index can be found in Box 1, Folder 14, and is also in the appendix to the paper version of this finding aid. Series (and file index number) 10, "Recovery Plant," contained no records. Series 11, "Photographs," was originally designated "Aerial Photos" in the BCMC file index. This series now includes all photographs found among the records, including non-aerial photos. For an explanation of the arrangement of that series, see the series scope and content description. Series 13, "Restricted Items," is the only series that does not correspond to the Galactic file index, and is made up entirely of items permanently restricted from the open collection.
Within each series, the original numbering system created by Galactic has also been retained. This numbering system assigned a decimal to each file, breaking down the records from general to more specific. For example, Series 4 contains "Cost and Accounting" Records. Files under index number "4.8" contain invoices from BCMC's contractors. Subsequent categories describe the type of work performed, and, in some cases, an individual contractor: e.g. "4.8.2" contains invoices from contractors performing assaying, and "" contains invoices specifically from the "American Assay" company. The numbering system does not assign a "meaning" to each decimal, rather it is a way of dividing files from more general to more specific categories.
The original decimal numbers have been retained and marked on each folder in each series. However, the staff at the BCMC was not scrupulous in following this file index. They sometimes assigned a letter instead of the last number, or did not bother to assign numbers to files at all. In most cases, it was apparent where the file belonged within the file index system, and the correct file number has been assigned to the file. In the very few cases where no file index number could be found that corresponded to the contents of the folder, a number was assigned that reflected the correct placement of the file relative to other files. For example, folders containing large numbers of invoices from specific companies were found that were not assigned a file number within Series 4. In those cases, the folder was assigned the next logical file number.
There are also are many gaps in the file number sequences. In many cases, a file number existed on the BCMC file index, but no files associated with those numbers were found among the records. For example, no records were found filed under category 2.1 "Land Check Reports," or under 2.1.2, "Background Materials", but records were found under file designation "Bodie Area MTPs and HIs." Hence, the file decimal numbers should be used primarily as a guide to the contents of the folders, and to the general relationship between the records. Folder titles also have been taken from the file index, with additional information added for clarification, if necessary.
In most cases, documents within folders have been arranged chronologically. Any further arrangement information can be found in the individual series descriptions in the container list.
The Collection is organized into thirteen series:
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1988-1993. 3 cubic ft.
Series 2: Land and Legal, 1901-1993. 5.5 cubic ft.
Series 3: Infrastructure: Contracts and Agreements Operating, 1988-1992. .7 cubic ft.
Series 4: Costs and Accounting, 1988-1993. 1.7 cubic ft.
Series 5: Engineering and Construction, 1988-1993. .1 cubic ft.
Series 6: Environmental and Permitting, 1901-1993. 7.7 cubic ft.
Series 7: Metallurgy, 1988-1990. .3 cubic ft.
Series 8: Geology, 1985-1991. 4.2 cubic ft.
Series 9: Mining/Pit Operations, 1988-1990. .2 cubic ft.
Series 10: Recovery Plant. 0 cubic ft.
Series 11: Photographs, 1988-1990 and undated. 2.9 cubic ft.
Series 12: Historical, 1984-1992 and undated. 1.6 cubic ft.
Series 13: Restricted Material. .3 cubic ft.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.


Bodie Consolidated Mining Company.
Gold mines and mining--California--Mono County--Archival resources.
Historic sites--California--Mono County--Archival resources.

Material Cataloged Separately

Approximately 140 items were removed from the collection before processing in September 1997 due to ongoing litigation between the EPA (through the US Dept of Justice) and the former head of Galactic Resources, Robert Friedland. This litigation related to cleanup costs for the Summitville Mine in Colorado. These documents were removed from the collection by Lee Forman, Friedland's lawyer, under the terms of the purchase and sale agreement between DPR and BCMC, which allowed the removal of any "attorney-client privileged information." Although it was agreed that the documents would be relinquished to the California Department of Parks and Recreation upon the conclusion of the case, the documents have not been returned to the collection as agreed, although the lawsuit was settled in December 2000.
A large number of maps (approximately 850 items) associated with the collection but currently unprocessed may be added to the collection at a later date. Geologic ore samples relating to this collection (approximately 4500 cubic feet) are on loan to the University of California, Davis as of 1998 and will remain in UCD's custody until 2008.

Related Collections

Bodie State Historic Park Archives (c. 1875-1970) California State Archives.


Series 1: Administrative Records, 1988-1993

Physical Description: 3 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of administrative records, including petty cash receipts, organizational records, insurance documents, human resource reference materials, and payroll records. It also contains a large number of memos, reports, and correspondence between personnel in the BCMC office, Galactic Services in Reno, and Galactic Resources in Vancouver, as well as management meeting minutes of the Vancouver office (not necessarily related to BCMC operations.) This series also contains records relating to public relations and the press. There are clippings of articles related to Galactic, BCMC, and Bodie, as well as other mining companies and projects. There are also letters to and from the public regarding BCMC's activities in Bodie. Other records include correspondence among BCMC, Galactic, and its public relations consultants.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Correspondence is arranged by sender, and thereunder chronologically.
Box 1 : 1-4

1.0.1 Petty Cash Receipts1990-1992

Box 1 : 1


Box 1 : 2


Box 1 : 3


Box 1 : 4


Box 1 : 5 Checkbook

Box 1 : 6-10

1.0.2 Insurance1988-1991

Box 1 : 6


Box 1 : 7-8


Box 1 : 9


Box 1 : 10

1991 and undated

Box 1 : 11-13

1.0.3 Taxes

Box 1 : 11

Taxes (Tax Appraisal)

Box 1 : 12

Taxes (Mono County)

Box 1 : 13

Taxes (State and Federal) (Restricted)

Box 1 : 14

1.1.1 File Index

Box 1 : 15

1.1.2 Master Distribution Schedule (Bodie Project Acronyms and agency contact list)

Box 1 : 16

1.1.3 Organization Charts (and Directories)

Box 1 : 17-22

1.1.4 Federal Express Receipts1989-1992

Box 1 : 17

Sent Items1990

Box 1 : 18

Sent Items1991

Box 1 : 19

Sent Items1992

Box 1 : 20

Sent Items, undated

Box 1 : 21

Received Items1989-1990

Box 1 : 22

Received Items19901991-1992

Box 1 : 23

1.2 Project Procedures/Instructions

Box 1 : 24

1.3.1 SJR-60 Papers

Box 1 : 25

1.4 Public Relations (Three campaign buttons in Oversize Box 28)

Box 1 : 26 Press Releases- Galactic Resources

Box 1 : 27 Press Releases- BCMC-GSI

Box 1 : 28-30

1.4.2 Media Coverage

Box 1 : 28

Media Coverage1988-1989

Box 1 : 29

Media Coverage1990-1992

Box 1 : 30

Media Coverage (Other places and misc. articles)

Box 2 : 1

1.4.4 Responses to Press/Media

Box 2 : 2

1.4.5 Public Relations People (Eric Toll and Parcel, Mauro)

Box 2 : 3 Mike Dell'Orto

Box 2 : 4-5 Hill and Knowlton

Box 2 : 6 Ray Hunter (Pragma)

Box 2 : 7 The Friends of Bodie and Save Bodie!

Box 2 : 8 Ralph Whitworth

Box 2 : 9 California Desert Coalition

Box 2 : 10 Western States Public Lands Coalition

Box 2 : 11 Letters to BCMC- Unfavorable

Box 2 : 12 Letters to BCMC- Favorable

Box 2 : 13

1.4.7 Responses to Letters

Box 2 : 14

1.5 Intra-company communications

Box 2 : 15

1.5.1 Management Directives

Box 2 : 16

1.5.2 Trip Reports/Site Visits

Box 2 : 17 Tours

Box 2 : 18 Weekly Reports

Box 2 : 19-20 Monthly Reports

Box 2 : 19


Box 2 : 20


Box 2 : 21 Annual Reports

Box 2 : 22

1.5.4 Management Meeting Minutes

Box 2 : 23

1.5.5 Inter-department Memos

Box 2 : 24

1.6 Inter-Company Communications

Box 2 : 25

1.6.1 Bridgeport

Box 2 : 26-27 Mark's Memos (Mark Whitehead)1990

Box 3 : 1 Mark's Memos (Mark Whitehead)1991-1992

Box 3 : 2 Mark's Memos (Mark Whitehead)1988-1989

Box 3 : 3-4 Gordon's Memos (Gordon Gumble)1988-1993

Box 3 : 3


Box 3 : 4


Box 3 : 5 Steve Enders' Memos

Box 3 : 6

1.6.2 Vancouver

Box 3 : 7

1.6.3 Reno

Box 3 : 8

1.6.4 Ivanhoe

Box 3 : 9

1.6.5 Other Companies

Box 3 : 10

1.6.5 Other Companies (Quartz Mountain)

Box 3 : 11

1.7 Operating Forecasts

Box 3 : 12

1.7.1 Budget Reports

Box 3 : 13

1.8.1 Benefits

Box 3 : 14 Health/Life/Disability

Box 3 : 15 Resumes- Labor (Restricted)

Box 3 : 16 Resumes- Geologists (Restricted)

Box 3 : 17 Resumes- Office (Restricted)

Box 3 : 18

1.8.6 Safety and Security/Loss Prevention

Box 3 : 19 Emergency Services

Box 3 : 20 Fire Prevention

Box 3 : 21 Workman's Comp

Box 3 : 22

1.8.7 Personnel Records

Box 3 : 23 Admundson, Steve (Restricted)

Box 3 : 24 Bosch, Rodger (Restricted)

Box 3 : 25 Gumble, Gordon (Restricted)

Box 3 : 26 Stewart, Diane (Restricted)

Box 3 : 27 Whitehead, Mark (Restricted)

Box 3 : 28 Experts (Resumes and Company Brochures)

Box 3 : 29 Past Employees (Restricted)

Box 3 : 30

1.8.8 Federal /State/Leg EEO/Immigration

Box 3 : 31

1.9 Payroll

Box 3 : 32 Filled Time Sheets1988

Box 3 : 33 Filled Time Sheets1989

Box 3 : 34 Filled Time Sheets1990

Box 3 : 35 Filled Time Sheets1991


Series 2: Land and Legal, 1901-1993

Physical Description: 5.5 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a variety of documents related to legal issues surrounding the Bodie project, the acquisition of land and property, and general legal and land-issue matters. Included are Bills of Sale, title reports, assessor's plats, recorded conveyances, leases, payments, prospecting permits, options, and deeds. This series also contains a large number of Location Certificates (GSI claims) in both Nevada and California, including amended claims. There are also a large number of Notices of Intent to Hold Mining Claim, Proofs of Labor, and Assessment Work Notices, both for Galactic, and previous claimants. This series also contains the work files, memos, and correspondence of GSI's "landman" Kirk Williams, including memos and notes relating to permit strategies, meetings with the JS Cain Co., tax issues and tax assessments (for Mono County in particular,) BCMC's relationship with the DPR and with claim owners in the area, escrow payments and leases, and legal issues with public relations significance. Also included are appraisal records, historical records relating to the acquisition of the Bodie town site by the state, and copies of the agreements between Homestake and Galactic, including all related agreement schedules. This series also includes copies of the complete minutes of the JS Cain Company from 1901 through the mid 1970s.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. All correspondence is arranged chronologically. Claims are arranged by location notice numbers, which correspond to the location of the claim.
Box 4 : 1-3

2.0 Land and Legal

Box 4 : 1


Box 4 : 2


Box 4 : 3


Box 4 : 4 General Status Reports

Box 4 : 5 General Status Reports(OVERSIZE BOX 28)

Box 4 : 6 Acreage Summary Report

Box 4 : 7 Recommendation to Purchase JS Cain Co.

Box 4 : 8 Exhibit "A" for All Properties

Box 4 : 9 GSI Claim List

Box 4 : 10 Homestake Agreement Exhibit A

Box 4 : 11 Obligation Table

Box 4 : 12 Bodie Property Descriptions: Project Area

Box 4 : 13

2.0.2 Memos and Correspondence

Box 4 : 14-19 Mono County Tax Assessment

Box 4 : 14

(File 1)

Box 4 : 15-18

(File 2)

Box 4 : 19

(File 3: Additional Tax Appraisal Material)

Box 4 : 20 Information Package- Prospective Buyers

Box 4 : 21 Trust for Public Land

Box 4 : 22 Water Rights

Box 4 : 23 County Land Use Planning

Box 4 : 24 Tax Forms (blank)

Box 4 : 25

2.0.3.H Landowner Correspondence

Box 4 : 26

2.0.3.I History Statement

Box 4 : 27

2.0.3.J FOIA and CA Information Practices Act

Box 4 : 28

2.0.3.K Law Firm Interviews

Box 4 : 29

2.0.3.L Miscellaneous Historic Items

Box 4 : 30

2.0.3.M Greyhound Package Express

Box 4 : 31-34

2.1.1 Land Check Reports

Box 4 : 31

Residential Property Appraisal Records

Box 4 : 32

Assessors Master Property Record

Box 4 : 33

Cain Condemnation, 1964

Box 4 : 34

Cain Condemnation, 1964- Exhibit A and Other

Box 4 : 35 Hilton Ground

Box 4 : 36 Out of Area- Homestake Property

Box 5 : 1 Out of Area- Competitor Property

Box 5 : 2 Out of Area- Invalid Claims

Box 5 : 3

2.1.1.C Grey Mill Title Report

Box 5 : 4

2.1.1.D Title Report NW/4SE/4Sec. 10-4N-27E (OVERSIZE BOX 28)

Box 5 : 5

2.1.1.E Bulwer Tunnel

Box 5 : 6

2.1.1.E Bulwer Tunnel (OVERSIZE BOX 28)

Box 5 : 7 Wild Rose Claims

Box 5 : 8 Wild Rose Document Drafts

Box 5 : 9 Lease Information Background Homestake

Box 5 : 10 Bodie Area MTPs and HIs

Box 5 : 11 BLM Claim Index California

Box 5 : 12 BLM Claim Index- Nevada

Box 5 : 13-14 General Background Materials from Homestake

Box 5 : 15 Park Condemnation Orders

Box 5 : 16 11X14 Property Outline Quick Reference

Box 5 : 17 BLM, Metsker and Others

Box 5 : 18 Bodie Land Maps

Box 5 : 19 Bodie MTP

Box 5 : 20 Mono County Assessor's Plots (OVERSIZE BOX 28)

Box 5 : 21

2.1.4 Survey Issues

Box 5 : 22 Park Boundary

Box 5 : 23 Survey Matters

Box 5 : 24

2.1.4.C Bodie-Land Bodie State Park

Box 5 : 25-26

2.2 Project Acquisition Documents

Box 5 : 25


Box 5 : 26


Box 5 : 27-28

2.2.1 Homestake Agreement and Closing Documents

Box 5 : 29 Recorded Conveyances from Homestake- 50%1988

Box 5 : 30 Recorded Conveyances from Homestake - 1%1989

Box 5 : 31 Recorded Conveyances from Homestake - 24%1989

Box 5 : 32 Recorded Conveyances from Homestake - 25%1990

Box 5 : 33-34

2.2.2 Spanish Mine Closing Documents

Box 6 : 1-2 Lost Carcass and Buzzard Mine

Box 6 : 3 Wild Rose Leases

Box 6 : 4-5 Leola Taylor

Box 6 : 6-7 Edward Williams

Box 6 : 8-9 JS Cain Company

Box 6 : 11-12 By-Laws and Minutes

Box 6 : 13 Central Pacific, Union Pacific, etc. (Gray Deed)

Box 6 : 14 Gray to Homestake

Box 6 : 15 Tracey to Homestake

Box 6 : 16

2.3.7 Escrow Arrangements

Box 6 : 17-18 GSI Claims- Nevada

Box 6 : 17

(Location Certificates)

Box 6 : 18

(Location Notices and Other)

Box 6 : 19-23 GSI Claims- California

Box 6 : 19

(Location Notices 1-230)

Box 6 : 20

(Location Notices 231-420)

Box 6 : 21

(Location Notices 421-610)

Box 6 : 22

(Location Notices 611-789)

Box 6 : 23

(Location Notices 790-1160)

Box 7 : 1-2 GSI Claims- California

Box 7 : 1

(Location Notices 1161-1479)

Box 7 : 2

(Location Certificates)

Box 7 : 3 GSI Amended Claims

Box 7 : 4 GSI 954, 955, Ready for Relocation

Box 7 : 5 NLM Claims

Box 7 : 6-7 Zeus Claims

Box 7 : 8 Zeus 86A Claim

Box 7 : 9 Central Pacific, Union Pacific, etc. (Gray) Claims

Box 7 : 10 Coupon Gap, Ajax South, BLM, Author 1 and 2, Amarillo

Box 7 : 11-15

2.4.1.G Millsite and Placer Claims

Box 7 : 11


Box 7 : 12-13


Box 7 : 14-15

Millsite and Placer

Box 7 : 16

2.4.2 Correspondence

Box 7 : 17-18

2.4.3 Annual Assessment (Proofs of Labor)1942-1988

Box 7 : 19-20 Background from Homestake

Box 7 : 21 Cain, Buzzard, Claims

Box 7 : 22 Zeus and NLM Claims

Box 7 : 23 Galactic Filings1988

Box 7 : 24 Galactic Filings1989

Box 7 : 25 Galactic Filings1990

Box 7 : 26

2.4.4 Abandonment Notices

Box 7 : 27 Joint Ventures- Amax

Box 7 : 28

2.5.4 Confidentiality Agreement

Box 7 : 29 Outerbridge Copies of Title Reports Covering Unpatented Claims

Box 8 : 1-4 Outerbridge Copies of Title Reports Covering Unpatented Claims, cont.

Box 8 : 5 Lost Carcass and Buzzard Mine Materials

Box 8 : 6 JS Cain Company Materials from Homestake (In Binder)

Box 8 : 7 Correspondence

Box 8 : 8-11 Work Files

Box 8 : 8

CA vs. Cain Property Condemnation

Box 8 : 9

JS Cain Meeting Preparation

Box 8 : 10


Box 8 : 11

Curative and Other

Box 8 : 12 Prepared Documents

Box 8 : 13 Completed Documentation

Box 8 : 14 Recorded Documentation

Box 8 : 15

2.8.1 California Trespass Laws

Box 8 : 16

2.9.1 CA Location Certificate Form


Series 3: Infrastructure: Contracts and Agreements Operating, 1998-1992

Physical Description: .7 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of routine administrative records relating to the BCMC office and its operations in Bodie. Records include contracts with utility companies, insurance documents, leases, utility bills, and receipts for general office services. One folder, "Labor and Management," was withdrawn as it contained rejected personnel applications containing social security numbers.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system.
Box 8 : 17

3.1 Office Lease and Agreements

Box 8 : 18

3.1.3 Utilities

Box 8 : 19

3.1.5 Warehouses

Box 8 : 20

3.1.6 Insurance

Box 8 : 21 Insurance- Equipment

Box 8 : 22 Insurance- Property

Box 8 : 23

3.1.7 Equipment and Furniture

Box 8 : 24

3.2 Vendor Listings

Box 8 : 25

3.2.1 Contracts

Box 8 : 26

3.2.2 Certificates of Insurance

Box 8 : 27

3.2.3 Suppliers

Box 8 : 28

3.3 Services

Box 8 : 29

3.3.2 Electric Power

Box 8 : 30-33

3.3.3 Communications

Box 8 : 30

Contel Phone bill summaries, AT+T Bill Summaries

Box 8 : 31

Phone Bills12/89-9/90

Box 8 : 32

Phone Bills and Statements10/90-6/91

Box 8 : 33


Box 9 : 1

3.3.4 Water

Box 9 : 2

3.3.5 Gas

Box 9 : 3

3.4 Labor and Management (Restricted)

Box 9 : 4

3.5 Equipment/Vehicles

Box 9 : 5

3.5.1 Insurance

Box 9 : 6

3.5.2 Lease

Box 9 : 7

3.5.4 Past Vehicles

Box 9 : 8

3.5.5 Mileage Logs

Box 9 : 9

3.5.6 Gas and Maintenance

Box 9 : 10

3.5.7 Licenses and Fees


Series 4: Costs and Accounting, 1988-1993

Physical Description: 1.7 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains administrative records relating to the financial administration of BCMC and its contractors, the company budget, and long-term fiscal planning. The bulk of the records include BCMC bank statements and checks, and contracts and invoices from contractors who performed services for BCMC. There are also a small number of budget and planning documents related to cost projections and budget needs.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Invoices are arranged by type of service, and thereunder alphabetically by contractor.
Box 9 : 11

4.0 Costs and Accounting

Box 9 : 12

4.0.3 Tax Appraisal

Box 9 : 13-20

4.0.4 Bank Statements and Receipts

Box 9 : 13

Bank of America Statements

Box 9 : 14

Transfer Letters

Box 9 : 15

Cashed Checks4/90-10/90

Box 9 : 16

Cashed Checks10/90-10/91

Box 9 : 17

Cashed Checks10/91-2/93

Box 9 : 18

Voided Checks and Deposit Slips

Box 9 : 19

Check Copies

Box 9 : 20

Vancouver Correspondence Regarding

Box 9 : 21

4.1 Feasibility Studies

Box 9 : 22

4.2 Capital Cost Estimates

Box 9 : 23

4.3 Operating Cost Estimates

Box 9 : 24

4.4 Development Expenses

Box 9 : 25

4.5 Development Budget

Box 9 : 26

4.8 Invoices

Box 9 : 27

4.8.1 Archeology- Cultural Resources

Box 9 : 28

4.8.2 Assaying

Box 9 : 29 American Assay

Box 9 : 30 Chem Assay

Box 9 : 31 Skyline

Box 9 : 32

4.8.3 Communications

Box 9 : 33 Basalite

Box 9 : 34 Copeland

Box 9 : 35

4.8.5 Consultants

Box 9 : 36 Geological

Box 9 : 37 Geophysical

Box 9 : 38

4.8.6 Drilling (Gresham)

Box 9 : 39 Dateline

Box 9 : 40 Dia-Log

Box 9 : 41 Lang

Box 9 : 42-43 Longyear

Box 9 : 42

Rig 4681989

Box 9 : 43

Rig 26101989unitdate>

Box 9 : 44 Longyear1990

Box 9 : 45

4.8.7 Environmental

Box 9 : 46 Air Filters

Box 9 : 47 Baker

Box 9 : 48 Breg Oil Sponge

Box 9 : 49 Condor

Box 9 : 50 Shining Tree

Box 9 : 51 Toll, Eric

Box 9 : 52 Welsh- Jack Clark

Box 9 : 53 Western Cultural Resource Management

Box 9 : 54 Everett

Box 10 : 1 Beak Consultants, Inc.

Box 10 : 2

4.8.8 Equipment

Box 10 : 3 Backhoe (Rocky Mountain Machinery Co.)

Box 10 : 4 Bulldozer

Box 10 : 5

4.8.9 Field Supplies

Box 10 : 6 Container Packaging Inc.

Box 10 : 7 Contract Geological Services

Box 10 : 8 Legend

Box 10 : 9 Miners, Inc.

Box 10 : 10 Material and Machine Fabricators, Inc.

Box 10 : 11 Saw Blades (Highway 50 Rock Shop)

Box 10 : 12 Standard Filters Corp.

Box 10 : 13 Straw Bales

Box 10 : 14

4.8.10 Geophysical (contract)

Box 10 : 15 Aeromagnetics (contract)

Box 10 : 16

4.8.12 Madcon

Box 10 : 17

4.8.13 Office Supplies

Box 10 : 18 Boise Cascade

Box 10 : 19 Bruning

Box 10 : 20 Carl's Blueprinting

Box 10 : 21 Minolta

Box 10 : 22 Morill and Machabee Inc.

Box 10 : 23 OPI

Box 10 : 24 Schwabacher Frey

Box 10 : 25 Societe Generale

Box 10 : 26 Sunrise Hats

Box 10 : 27 Other

Box 10 : 28 Business Computer Rentals

Box 10 : 29

4.8.14 Office Maintenance

Box 10 : 30 Mop and Petal

Box 10 : 31

4.8.15 Public Relations

Box 10 : 32 Dell Orto

Box 10 : 33 Hill and Knowlton

Box 10 : 34 PRAGMA

Box 10 : 35 Whitworth

Box 10 : 36

4.8.16 Roads and Reclamation

Box 10 : 37 DE Huggans

Box 10 : 38 Eleven V Enterprise

Box 10 : 39 Stovall

Box 10 : 40

4.8.17 Safety Equipment

Box 10 : 41 Interstate Safety

Box 10 : 42

4.8.18 Travel

Box 10 : 43 Holmes

Box 10 : 44

4.8.19 Vehicles (Lee Bros. Leasing)

Box 10 : 45 Annett and Sons

Box 10 : 46 Fargo

Box 10 : 47 Gene's Texaco

Box 10 : 48 Bridgeport PUD

Box 10 : 49 Construction Specialty

Box 10 : 50 Wells-Water

Box 10 : 51

4.9 AFEs (Radio Communication Equipment)


Series 5: Engineering and Construction, 1988-1993

Physical Description: .1 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This small series contains administrative records relating to BCMC project and development schedules, drilling, and permits. This series also contains filled purchase orders and purchase order logs. Despite the name of the series, these records do not relate primarily to Engineering or Construction, but rather are general administrative records similar to those found in Series 1, 3, and 4.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Purchase orders are arranged chronologically.
Box 10 : 52

5.1 Design Development

Box 10 : 53

5.2 Planning and Scheduling

Box 10 : 54

5.2.1 Computer Database Info

Box 10 : 55

5.3.1 Purchase Order Log

Box 10 : 56 Filled Purchase Orders


Series 6: Environmental and Permitting, 1901-1993

Physical Description: 7.7 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This very large series contains materials relating to the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report, general environmental and permit issues, and BCMC and Galactic's relationship with various federal, state, and local oversight agencies. Records with file index numbers beginning with 6.0 through relate to more general environmental issues, regulations, permit strategies, and the BLM's Bishop Plan. Files beginning with relate to the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report. Files beginning with 6.1.2 relate to other (non-BLM) federal agencies; files beginning with 6.2 relate to state-level agencies; and files beginning with 6.3 relate to local/county-level agencies and organizations, particularly Mono County.
A large portion of the records in this series concerns the preparation of the EIR. Files begging with include copies of the drafts of the EIR as well as various reports and data collected by contractors beginning in 1988 for eventual EIR preparation. The EIR/EIS files include memos, correspondence, and reports, the Notice of Preparation for the EIR and letters of response, many drafts of BCMC reports to the EIR contractor, and copies of the draft administrative EIR and Draft EIR. Other files include the "baseline data" gathered by contractors on topics such as air, water, blasting/seismic, geochemistry, noise, history, oil, reclamation, socioeconomics, soil, traffic, vegetation, visual impact, and wildlife. There is also a file on "archeology" that relates to the contractors hired to review the cultural resource data for the EIR. These contractor files consist mainly of memos, reports, statistics, and correspondence.
Related files beginning with concern the archeological and historical work done by Western Cultural Resource Management (WCRM) for the EIR. The Cultural Resource Management (CRM) portion of the EIR made up the most extensive (and expensive) portion of the EIR baseline data gathering and the results constituted the largest part of the EIR report. WCRM files include correspondence relating to research design, progress reports, schedules, invoices, memos, budgets, contracts, field manuals and reference guidelines for CRM. There are also a large number of reports from WCRM to BCMC dated 1989 through 1991, including annotated bibliographies, research design documents, and copies of the draft and final reports on the prehistory and history of project area. Another copy of the meeting minutes of the J.S. Cain Company, 1901 through 1985, is included in these files. There are also a number of field notes on historic and archeological sites. Files beginning with also include many internal Galactic documents mainly created by Penny McPherson, the GSI employee who oversaw the CRM program, including memos regarding the selection of the CRM contractor, the budget, and the deteriorating relationship between BCMC and WCRM over time. This series also contains records relating to federal agencies such as the National Park Service, the Advisory Counsel on Historic Preservation and the Bureau of Land Management. Records include correspondence, copies of regulations, memos, and records relating to NPS's boundary survey, as well as copies of the BLM's Bishop Area Management Plan.
Also included are similar records relating to state agencies, including memos and correspondence between Galactic (and BCMC) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. There are also materials from the "Save Bodie!" committee of the CSPRA, and copies of DPR's Bodie State Historic Park acquisition documents and other related documents from the California State Archives dating from the 1950s and 1960s.
Finally, this series also includes records relating to Mono County, the local governing agency for the project. Most of the records relate to the Mono County General Counsel, the Mono County Planning Department, and the Mono County Board of Supervisors. Records include correspondence and memos, copies of general plans, permits, receipts, copies of letters received by Mono County regarding the Bodie project, Directors Review applications and use permit applications. There are also a number of documents related to "MRTAC" a technical advisory committee that sought to create a "mineral policy" for Mono County's general plan. BCMC attempted to write this mineral policy for the county through MRTAC, which was comprised mainly of BCMC and GSI staff. There are also records (largely from 1989) of the Mono County Mining Committee, an organization created by GSI to promote mining as part of Mono County's general plan.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Records are arranged according to level of government (federal, state, or county), and thereunder by specific agency or subject. Reports are organized chronologically.
Box 10 : 57-58

6.0 Environmental and Permitting

Box 10 : 57


Box 10 : 58

Condor Report on Permits

Box 10 : 59

6.0.1 Environmental Liability Assessment

Box 10 : 60

6.0.2 Environmental Compliance

Box 11 : 1

6.1 Federal

Box 11 : 2-7

6.1.1 Bureau of Land Management

Box 11 : 2


Box 11 : 3-4

Bishop Resource Management Plan

Box 11 : 5

Bishop Resource Management Plan Draft

Box 11 : 6

Bishop Resource Management Plan-Final-Vol. 1

Box 11 : 7

Bishop Resource Management Plan-Final-Vol. 2

Box 11 : 8 Bodie Hills Technical Review Team

Box 11 : 9-11 Exploration

Box 11 : 9


Box 11 : 10

Homestake's Notes and Drafts of ERR1986

Box 11 : 11

Homestake's Draft Environmental Reconnaissance Report

Box 11 : 12 NOI- Notice of Intent

Box 11 : 13 POO- Plan of Operation

Box 11 : 14-15 EIR/EIS- Environmental Impact Report (General)

Box 12 : 1-15 EIR/EIS- Environmental Impact Report

Box 12 : 1


Box 12 : 2

NOP and Responses

Box 12 : 3

Draft of BCMC's Report to Beak, Oct. 2, 1990, First Copy

Box 12 : 4

Draft of BCMC's Report to Beak, Oct. 2, 1990, Second Copy

Box 12 : 5

Draft of BCMC's Report to Beak, Oct. 5, 1990

Box 12 : 6

Drafts of BCMC's Report to Beak, Various Chapters

Box 12 : 7

Draft BCMC's Report to Beak, Chap. 4 only

Box 12 : 8

Draft Chapters of DEIR- Chps. 1-3, 5, 8, and 12

Box 12 : 9

Draft Chapters of DEIR- Chp. 4, sections 4.2-4.5

Box 12 : 10

Draft Chapters of DEIR- Chp. 4, sections 4.6, 4.8-4.12

Box 12 : 11

June 1992 Draft of Administrative DEIR

Box 12 : 12-14

Sept. 1992 Draft of Administrative DEIR

Box 12 : 15

Oct. 1992 Draft of DEIR

Box 13 : 1-3 EIR/EIS- Environmental Impact Report

Box 13 : 1-2

Oct. 1992 Draft of DEIR, cont.

Box 13 : 3

DEIR, November 1992

Box 13 : 4 Air Studies (General and Air Sciences)

Box 13 : 5-9 Air Studies II (Condor Reports)

Box 13 : 10 Aquatic Biology

Box 13 : 11 Archeology

Box 13 : 12-15 Blasting/Seismic

Box 13 : 12


Box 13 : 13-15


Box 14 : 1 Geochemistry

Box 14 : 2-6 Ground Water

Box 14 : 2-3


Box 14 : 4

Well Measurements

Box 14 : 5-6

Condor Reports

Box 14 : 7-9 History

Box 14 : 7

Cain Interviews

Box 14 : 8

Minutes of the JS Cain Co.1901-1985

Box 14 : 9

Articles and Excerpts on Bodie

Box 14 : 10 Noise

Box 14 : 11 Oil

Box 14 : 12-13 Reclamation

Box 14 : 14 Socioeconomics

Box 14 : 15 Soils

Box 14 : 16 Surface Water

Box 14 : 17 Traffic

Box 14 : 18 Vegetation (and Wildlife)

Box 14 : 19 Visual Studies

Box 14 : 20 Wildlife

Box 15 : 1-11 WCRM

Box 15 : 1-2

CR Archeology and History

Box 15 : 3

Penny McPherson's Notes)

Box 15 : 4

Field Notes, R. Morris, Bodie 1990

Box 15 : 5

Notes on H001-H006

Box 15 : 6

Notes on H007-H008

Box 15 : 7

Notes on H009-H013; H019-H023; H059; H065; H072; H089; H093

Box 15 : 8

Scale Drawings/Sketch Maps/Photo Logs

Box 15 : 9

CRM Reference Materials

Box 15 : 10-11

CRM Reference Materials, Virginia City NHL

Box 15 : 12 Personnel (WCRM)

Box 15 : 13-14 Correspondence (WCRM)

Box 16 : 1 Budget (WCRM)

Box 16 : 2-3 Contracts (WCRM)

Box 15 : 4-7 Data Requirements (WCRM)

Box 15 : 4

Data Requirements-General

Box 15 : 5-6

WCRM Field Manual

Box 15 : 7

Forms, Guidelines, Instructions

Box 15 : 8-14 WCRM Reports

Box 15 : 8

Various WCRM reports and Report Drafts

Box 15 : 9

Jan. 1989 Annotated Bibliography

Box 15 : 10

May 1989 Research Design

Box 15 : 11

Revised Sept.1990 Research Design

Box 15 : 12

March 1990 Cultural Resource Documentation

Box 15 : 13

Nov. 1990 Feature Descriptions

Box 15 : 14

Oct. 1990 Drafts of Prehistoric and Historic Reports- Partial

Box 16 : 1-9 WCRM Reports

Box 17 : 1

Draft Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- Historic- Vol. 1, Chps. 1-7

Box 17 : 2

Draft Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- Historic- Vol. 1, Chps. 7-12

Box 17 : 3

Drafts of Final report- Historic- Chps. 8-10

Box 17 : 4

March 1991 Draft Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- Prehistoric- Vol. 1

Box 17 : 5

July 1991 Final Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- Prehistoric- Vol. 1

Box 17 : 6-7

July 1991 Final Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- Prehistoric- Vol. II, Appendices

Box 17 : 8-9

July 1991 Final Class III Cultural Resources Inventory- History- Vol. II, Appendices

Box 17 : 10

6.1.2 National Parks Service

Box 17 : 11 National Parks Service- Regulations

Box 17 : 12 National Parks Service- Correspondence

Box 17 : 13

6.1.3 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Box 17 : 14

6.2 State

Box 17 : 15

6.2.0 California Mining Association

Box 17 : 16

6.2.1 California Department of Conservation

Box 17 : 17

6.2.4 California Department of Parks and Recreation (General)

Box 18 : 1 Correspondence through 1989 (DPR)

Box 18 : 2 Correspondence, 1990 and after (DPR)

Box 18 : 3 Boundary Issue (DPR)

Box 18 : 4 CSPRA (California State Park Rangers Association)

Box 18 : 5

6.2.5 Bodie General Plan

Box 18 : 6 Water Resources Control Board

Box 18 : 7

6.2.9 California Regional Water Quality Control Board- Lahonton

Box 18 : 8 Bridgeport Public Utilities District

Box 18 : 9

6.3.3 Mono County

Box 18 : 10 Mono County Building Department

Box 18 : 11 Mono County Department of Public Works

Box 18 : 12 Mono County Health Department

Box 18 : 13 Mono County Planning Department

Box 18 : 14 Mono County Planning Department- Regulations

Box 18 : 15 Mono County Planning Department- Correspondence1988

Box 18 : 16 Mono County Planning Department- Correspondence 1989

Box 18 : 17 Mono County Planning Department- Correspondence1990-1992

Box 18 : 18 Mono County Planning Department- Permit/Compliance

Box 18 : 19 Mono County Planning Department- MRTAC

Box 18 : 20 Mono County Board of Supervisors

Box 18 : 21 Mono County Mining Committee


Series 7: Metallurgy, 1988-1990

Physical Description: .3 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains memos, correspondence, notes, and reports regarding the metallurgical testing of geologic samples from BCMC's drilling program. The series also contains a large number of contractor reports, results of testing and analysis of samples, "shake test" results, and results of cyanide testing. This series also includes some contractor proposals, and copies of reports on the petrography of the area.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Reports are arranged chronologically.
Box 18 : 22

7.0 Metallurgy (General)

Box 18 : 23

7.3 Metallurgy Reports

Box 18 : 24

7.3.1 GSI

Box 18 : 25

7.3.3 Outside Laboratories

Box 18 : 26

7.4.1 Bateman

Box 18 : 27

7.4.2 McClelland

Box 18 : 28

7.5 Geo-Metallurgy

Box 18 : 29

7.6 Enviro-Metallurgy

Box 18 : 30

7.6.1 CAMS Test

Box 18 : 31

7.6.2 CH2M Hill

Box 18 : 32

7.8 Screening

Box 18 : 33

7.26 Petrography


Series 8: Geology, 1985-1991

Physical Description: 4.2 cubic feet.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the bulk of records relating to BCMC's drilling program in Bodie. Most of these documents date from 1988 to 1990. Records include drilling plans, requests for authorizations of expenditures, resource potential reports and estimates, memos, status reports, notes from meetings, and schedules. This series includes a large number of drill hole logs for all 191 holes in the project site, including holes dug by previous mining companies re-logged by Galactic. There are also monthly and daily drilling summaries for both "Core" and "RVC" (Reverse Circulation) holes from August 1988 through 1990. Also included are assay analysis reports from the American Assay Laboratory dating from September 1988 to November 1989, "Bondar Clegg" results, and assay comparisons. This series also contains contracts, proposals, and correspondence with drilling contractors, daily drill reports from contractors, and orders for assays. There are also memos and correspondence regarding land and air surveys done by Holmes Engineering, survey information from Homestake from 1985 and 1986, and geo-chemical results from ore samples. There is also a small amount of correspondence with USGS geologist Miles Silberman and reference materials published by him. Also included in this series are 23 8 ½ X 14 transparencies in folder showing geologic formations, numbered by section in the lower right hand side.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system. Assay reports and drilling summaries and logs are arranged chronologically.
Box 19 : 1

8.0 Geology

Box 19 : 2

8.0 Geology (Analysis Pad) (OVERSIZE BOX 29)

Box 19 : 3

8.0.1 Silberman

Box 19 : 4-17

8.1.1 Drilling

Box 19 : 4

Drill Hole Data- Computer Printout (OVERSIZE BOX 29)

Box 19 : 5


Box 19 : 6

Drilling Summaries, Drill Hole Locations

Box 19 : 7

Drill Hole Summary Sheets, Holes #1-65

Box 19 : 8

ASARCO Drilling and Assays, Drill holes #1-11

Box 19 : 9

Drill Hole Logs #1-11- Galactic Re-logs

Box 19 : 10

Drill Hole Logs #12-24, Phelps Dodge and Homestake

Box 19 : 11

Drill Hole Logs #25-41, Homestake

Box 19 : 12

Drill Hole Logs #42-58, Homestake

Box 19 : 13

Drill Hole Logs #59-72, Homestake

Box 19 : 14

Drill Hole Logs #73-84, Homestake

Box 19 : 15

Drill Hole Logs #85-99, Galactic

Box 19 : 16

Drill Hole Logs #100-119, Galactic

Box 19 : 17

Drill Hole Logs #120-136, Galactic

Box 20 : 1-9

8.1.1 Drilling

Box 20 : 1

Drill Hole Logs #137-153, Galactic

Box 20 : 2

Drill Hole Logs #154-176, Galactic

Box 20 : 3

Drill Hole Logs #177-191, Galactic

Box 20 : 4

Hole 94- Notes on Samples

Box 20 : 5

Hole 189

Box 20 : 6

Drill Hole Summaries and Shift Summaries

Box 20 : 7

Extra Core Logs

Box 20 : 8

Computer Printouts of Drill Hole Information

Box 20 : 9

Drill Hole Logs #100-119, Galactic

Box 20 : 10-11 Dateline

Box 20 : 10


Box 20 : 11

Daily Drill Reports- RVC 1988

Box 20 : 12 Hunt

Box 20 : 13 Lang

Box 20 : 14-18 Longyear

Box 20 : 14


Box 20 : 15

Daily Drill Reports-Core1988

Box 20 : 16

Daily Drill Reports- Drill #4681989

Box 20 : 17

Daily Drill Reports-Drill #26101990

Box 20 : 18

Daily Drill Reports-Drill #34081990

Box 20 : 19

8.1.2 Trenching

Box 20 : 20-22

8.1.3 Sampling

Box 20 : 20


Box 20 : 21

Unresolved Sampling Problems

Box 20 : 22

Dust Samples

Box 20 : 23 Transparencies

Box 20 : 24-29

8.1.4 Assaying

Box 20 : 24


Box 20 : 25

1986 Homestake Assays

Box 20 : 26

Sample Assay1989

Box 20 : 27

Assay Comparisons

Box 20 : 28

Bondar-Clegg Results and Assay Comparisons

Box 20 : 29

Computer Printouts

Box 21 : 1-4 American Assay Laboratory

Box 21 : 1

Reports 9/88-11/88

Box 21 : 2

Reports 11/88-2/89

Box 21 : 3

Reports 2/89-6/89

Box 21 : 4

Reports 6/89-11/89 and misc.

Box 21 : 5 Chem Assay (Shake Testing)

Box 21 : 6 Skyline

Box 21 : 7

8.1.5 Surveying

Box 21 : 8 Survey Information

Box 21 : 9 Survey Data- Drill Holes

Box 21 : 10

8.1.6 Mapping

Box 21 : 11

8.1.7 Reports

Box 21 : 12

8.1.8 Geochemistry (1988 Homestake Geochemical Results)

Box 21 : 13

8.1.9 Geophysics

Box 21 : 14

8.2 Development

Box 21 : 15

8.2.1 Condemnation

Box 21 : 16

8.2.2 Water Wells

Box 21 : 17-18

8.2.3 Drilling

Box 21 : 17


Box 21 : 18

Bodie Underground X-Cuts- conversion to Drill Hole Logs

Box 21 : 19

8.3 Reserves

Box 21 : 20

8.3.2 Computer

Box 21 : 21-22

8.3.3 Resource Estimates

Box 21 : 21


Box 21 : 22

Drill Hole Cross-Sections and 4-Pit Resource Estimates

Box 21 : 23 Resource Estimates1990

Box 21 : 24

8.3.5 Databases

Box 22 : 1-2

8.3.6 Statistics

Box 22 : 1


Box 22 : 2

Vein Statistics

Box 22 : 3

8.4.2 Pit Mapping

Box 22 : 4

8.5.2 Geochemistry

Box 22 : 5

8.5.3 Geophysics


Series 9: Mining/Pit Operations, 1988-1990

Physical Description: .2 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This small series consists mainly of memos and reports regarding the evaluation of the Bodie area's resource potential and ore reserves. Many of the memos in this series are marked "confidential." Records also include progress reports, drilling plans, estimates of pit reserves, climate data and certificates of analysis of samples. Many of the documents in these files are found in other series as well.


This series is arranged by subject according to the Galactic file index system.
Box 22 : 6

9.1 Mine Planning

Box 22 : 7

9.1.1 Minable Reserves

Box 22 : 8 Ore Reserves

Box 22 : 9

9.1.3 Cash Flows

Box 22 : 10

9.2 Operations

Box 22 : 11

9.4 Geo-technical (Geochemical Results)


Series 10: Recovery Plant

Physical Description: 0 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

No documents were found associated with this Galactic file index designation.

Series 11: Photographs, 1988-1990 and undated

Physical Description: 2.9 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of three types of photographic materials: aerial prints, negative transparencies, and 35mm and Polaroid photographic prints. The aerial photographs were taken on October 18, 1988 by McLean-Harper aerial photography. They include almost 400 views of the project site taken at 1:10800 scale; over 360 are reproduced as 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ color prints. Another five oblique views are reproduced only as black and white 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ prints, along with black and white prints of some views found in the color print files. The prints are numbered, apparently by location (sector)-view (section) (e.g. 14-4 or 2-5). There are also nine negative transparencies of aerial views of the area at various scales created for BCMC by Carl's Blueprinting, likely for map creation. There are also over 900 photographic prints (35mm and Polaroid). Approximately 69 are miscellaneous photographic prints in loose form, including 44 3X5 (35mm) color prints of a "Bodie Old Timers" picnic, 21 Polaroid prints from a file labeled "Project Acquisition Documents" showing the project site, and four Polaroid prints of "Bodie Office Alternatives" showing various buildings in the Lee Vining and Bridgeport area. There are also three photo albums of Polaroid prints. The first two contain over 800 images of ore samples in storage boxes. These ore samples are presumably the same samples bought by DPR and loaned to UC Davis. The samples are numbered with a code corresponding to their drill hole; e.g. the letters in BGC-89-135 refer to a B "Bodie" hole, drilled by G "Galactic," with C referring to the type of hole ("Core"). The number "89" means it was drilled in 1989, and "135" is the overall hole number. The final album contains miscellaneous Polaroid prints of the project site area, probably taken by Steve Mehls of WCRM during the archeological survey.


This series is arranged by subject. Aerial photographs are arranged by location and view. Polaroid photographs of ore samples are arranged by drill hole number.
Box 24 : 1-360

Aerial Photos: 360 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Color Prints1988

Box 25 : 1-10

Aerial Photos: 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Black and White Prints, Oblique views 1-5 (2 copies each)1988

Box 25 : 11-17

Aerial Photos: 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Black and White Prints, Labeled 7-10-7-161988

Box 25 : 18-24

Aerial Photos: 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Black and White Prints, Labeled 8-9-8-151988

Box 25 : 25-29

Aerial Photos: 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Black and White Prints, Labeled 15-1-15-51988

Box 25 : 30-35

Aerial Photos: 9 ¼ X 9 ¼ Black and White Prints, Labeled 16-1-16-51988

Box 25 : 36-44

Negative Transparencies

Box 26

2 oversized albums containing approximately 500 and 300 Polaroid prints of ore samples from drill holes

Box 27

Oversized album: "Steve's Crime File" 38 Polaroid prints; small box of Photographic prints:Bodie Old Timers (44) Project Acquisition Documents (21) Bodie Office Alternatives (4)


Series 12: Historical, 1984-1992 and undated

Physical Description: 1.6 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series includes both "historical" records given to Galactic from Homestake Mining Company and reference materials collected by BCMC. The "historical" materials include newspaper clippings on Mono County from the mid 1980s, Mono County guidebooks and pamphlets, some internal Homestake correspondence and memos up to 1986, use permits, short internal reports, and information on the "Bodie Prospect," including an estimated mineral inventory. There are also some Homestake correspondence and memos relating to the sale of the Bodie interests to Galactic. Historical materials also include Homestake's internal Draft Environmental Reconnaissance Report, including notes and maps, and collected information (mainly from BLM) on archeology, history, land use, soils, vegetation, wildlife, and population. There are also USGS reports on hydrochemistry, and other water code reference materials. The "historical" files also include a small number of Galactic memos and correspondence regarding the Bodie purchase, most of which is found in other series. The series also includes reference materials found among BCMC's files, including materials on mining, historic resource management, California environmental laws, and a draft EIR for another mining project in the area.


This series is arranged by subject, and chronologically within each subject topic.
Box 22 : 12-22

12.0 Historical- Homestake, Treadwell, Etc.

Box 22 : 12

Correspondence, Notes, and Memos on Bodie Purchase1988

Box 22 : 13

Homestake Correspondence and Memos on Bodie 1985-1986

Box 22 : 14

Homestake Information on Bodie "Prospect"1987-1988

Box 22 : 15

Newspaper Clippings on Mono County- 1985-1986

Box 22 : 16

Mono County Guidebooks and Pamphlets

Box 22 : 17

Homestake Draft Environmental Reconnaissance Report1986

Box 22 : 18

EIR/EIS Reference Materials Collected by Homestake

Box 22 : 19

Reference Materials from Homestake- Air and Earthquake

Box 22 : 20

Reference Materials from Homestake- Mono County/Mammoth Lakes

Box 22 : 21

Reference Materials from Homestake- Population Studies

Box 22 : 22

Reference Materials from Homestake- Water Issues

Box 22 : 23-25

12.0 Historical- Homestake, Treadwell, Etc.

Box 22 : 23

"Field Notes of the Survey of the Palfrey Quartz Mine, Mono County CA, 1879" Bodie Mineral Survey, Vol. I, reprint

Box 22 : 24

"Field Notes of the Survey of the Russian Quartz Mine, Mono County, CA, 1879" reprint

Box 22 : 22

"Concept of Discovery and Mineral in Character as Related to Small Gold Mines" Evans, 1985

Box 23 : 1-13

12.1 Reference

Box 23 : 1

"A History and Evaluation of the Mono Mills and Railroad Logging District, Inyo National Forest, CA" William Sawyer1988

Box 23 : 2

"Discovery Location Recordation and Assessment Work for Mining Claims in California" BLM1989

Box 23 : 3

"Solid Mineral Reclamation Handbook" BLM1992

Box 23 : 4-5

"Managing Historical Resources" BLM Training Guide1989

Box 23 : 6

"Historic Sites Survey and National Historic Landmarks Program- A History" NPS1984

Box 23 : 7

"Bodie State Historic Park Resource Management Plan" DPR1979

Box 23 : 8

"Wilderness Recommendations- Benton-Owens Valley Bodie-Coleville Study Areas- Final EIS" BLM1987

Box 23 : 7

Castle Mountain Project Draft EIS/EIR1989

Box 23 : 8

Castle Mountain Project Draft EIS/EIR, Summary and Appendix E1989

Box 23 : 9

"A Preservationists' Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act" Rubens1991

Box 23 : 10

The CEQA Environmental Quality Act" OPR1986

Box 23 : 11

"California Environmental Laws"1989


Series 13: Restricted Items

Physical Description: .3 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of documents that are permanently restricted and unavailable for public use.
Box 30