by Cecile Page Vargo
my husband and I are out on the back roads we like to know the history of
the area and we pack as many books and maps, as we do clothes.
We have great fun inventing a history of our own, as well.
The following tidbits of twisted history were taken from travels on
our own and as tour guides for Ecological 4-wheeling Adventures.
Long before my days working as a house maid in the American Hotel at
I felt fortunate to be hired on as a miner in Bennetville, as women
were not really allowed in the mines, and were actually considered
to be bad luck. It did prove to be bad luck for Bennetville,
anyway, as the mine was considered a bust before any ore was ever
Fortunately, I left Bennetville before things got really bad there,
and headed for Munckton further north in the Sierras. I became
famous as the saloon keeper at Dunderberg. Miners came from
far and wide to buy the bottled Starbucks Frappucinos that I had
specially delivered by mule from Seattle.
When winter hit the Sierras, I knew my Frappucinos were not going to
go over so well, so I packed up my bags, and all the riches I had
made in the Dunderberg Debbie Saloon. I moved down to LA for a
few months and bought myself a little white cottage in Tujunga, in
the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. I enjoyed tending
to roses in my little garden there, until I heard about the mines in
the Big Tujunga Canyon high in the mountains that towered above my
little white cottage.
Still having some money left over from Frappucino sales in
Dunderberg, I was now able to by a burro of my own. I headed
up to the Mill Creek and Monte Cristo Mines in the
As spring came once again, I realized that I sorely missed the
became the Comstock Lode of California during my stay there. All who
worked there became quite prosperous, even if they did not work in the
mines. I spent several months up on the old Fat Hill. Amongst
my friends were Remi Nadeau who owned the freight company transporting the
silver bullion to
Contrary to any rumors that were going around the little high desert town,
I was only a good friend of Lola Travis, and did not work as one of her
girls at Lolaí
There always is a job waiting for me at the Standard Consolidated Mines,
Now that Iím secure in Bodie, I think I will stick around for
awhile. If I get tired of working at the Standard Consolidated, I
can always take an easy job working for the paper. If the gold runs
out and the town goes bust, Iíll get a job at the Daily Bodie Standard
Newspaper as a Ghost Town gossipiest. Iím sure people will enjoy
reading about my lifeís adventures up and down the mining camps.