Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious, and committed to a number of moral and social causes.Annie was very active in the suffrage and prohibition movements.Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. Built in the Monterey style in the 1840's, it was occupied by Miguel Leonis as early as the 1870's, one of the most colorful, influential and prominent figures of early Los Angeles.In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. Also on the grounds is an barn built in 1912 as well as the Plummer House known as the "oldest house in Hollywood".
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town.
Walter Scott, Death Valley Scotty, convinced everyone that he had built the castle with money from his rich secret mines in the area.
Albert Mussey Johnson actually built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie.
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell.
John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist.