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AB-1757 Official state gold rush ghost town: Bodie.(2001-2002)

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Assembly Bill No. 1757
CHAPTER 365

An act to add Section 429.7 to the Government Code, relating to state emblems.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 05, 2002. Approved by Governor  September 04, 2002. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1757, Leslie. Official state gold rush ghost town: Bodie.
Under existing law, there is no official state ghost town.
This bill would designate Bodie as the official state gold rush ghost town.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The town of Bodie was founded by Waterman S. Body in 1859, and rose to prominence due to mining in the nearby Comstock Lode.
(b) At its peak in 1879, Bodie boasted a population of 10,000 citizens and had a reputation for its wicked climate as well as its clientele.
(c) By 1882, the big strikes were mostly gone and with them the need to stay in Bodie.
(d) One hundred twenty years later, Bodie is one of the largest and best-preserved ghost towns in the West.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the decline of the town of Bodie from boomtown to ghost town. It is the further intent of the Legislature to join with the students and teachers of Lee Vining Junior High School in Lee Vining, to promote awareness of, and to acknowledge the importance that Bodie played in, California’s rich Gold Rush history.

SEC. 3.

 Section 429.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

429.7.
 Bodie is the official state gold rush ghost town.