It began as the county hospital in Bodie in 1879.
With the decline of Bodie in the mid 1880's the
hospital was eventually moved to a site east of
this monument and Highway 395 to the rear of the
small meadow that you see. At that time it became
known as the "Poor Farm", a refuge for the aged, ill
and penniless. It continued to operate for several
years, but the high cost of maintaining
the facility forced its closure and the
buildings and property were put up for
bid and sold to a local rancher.