Aurora/Bodie Chinese Woodcutters Exhibit at Nevada State Museum Carson City

Chinese woodcutters

This 1908 photograph by J. Holman Buck shows wood being hauled by a team of burros in Bodie, California in 1908. [Photo courtesy of Nevada Historical Society]

In their heydays in the boom-and-bust mining culture of the late 1800s, the mining camps of Aurora, Nevada and nearby Bodie, California had a combined population of nearly 20,000.

Keeping the thriving camps supplied was an ongoing challenge.

A little-known piece of history of the two boomtowns – the role of the Chinese woodcutters who supplied firewood and charcoal to the camps – is the subject of a major new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum. Continue reading