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Ghostdancer
12-21-2004, 08:29 AM
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FOR ALL YOU DO, THIS HOLIDAY GREETING IS FOR YOU. HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.


Picture is from Gleeson, Arizona.

Cecile
12-21-2004, 09:45 AM
Merry Christmas, everyone! Here's a couple of ghosttown Christmas carols I wrote to get you in the merry mining camp mood for the holiday:



to the tune of Oh Little Town of Bethlehem:


Oh dusty town of Bodie!
How still we see the lie;
Below thy mines and old stamp mills
The miners ghosts go by;
Yet in thy old board buildings
Creaking with the wind;
The sweat and tears and miners' fears
Are with us at road's end.

How silently, how silently,
Our vehicles drive to!
As we depart from city life,
And wander from the new.
We're searching for the history,
Of the times of old;
We yearn to know about the time,
When men mined your hills for gold.

Oh little town of Bodie,
Arrested in decay!
What were you really like,
In your big heyday?
The bad men and the miners
The women who serviced them;
We can only imagine,
What times were like back then.

It's Christmas time in Bodie,
The winds howling through old boards,
The snows have drifted to second floors,
No more visitors in hoards.
Park rangers in their snowcats,
The curious on skis and sleds
Are all that left to hear us
"Merry Christmases" are said!



Sing this one to the tune of I Came Upon A Midnight Clear:

I came upon a little town,
at the top of the road.
Where miners toiled and
made men rich;
in the days of old!

From dusty dirt roads
in 4-wheel drive
history comes to life!
Peaceful town,
ghosts only know,
now nestled in the snow.

Much like the wagon
of olden days,
with dust clouds
billowing round,
We travel through
the mud, rocks, and snow…..
to see what can be found.

Above the foothills - much
further up,
hiding amongst the cloud….
We find old buildings falling down
winds whistling old so loud.

For lo the road hastens on,
with stories old miners have told….
of gold and silver and copper mines,
and riches and such of unfold.
Look all about and all around!
Treasures are all abound.
It’s Christmas time,
Christmas is near!
What a gift to spend it here!

Ghostdancer
12-21-2004, 11:21 AM
Cecile, you ought to send those to the staff working at Bodie; they probably have an email address on their site.

Cecile
12-21-2004, 02:37 PM
Actually, the years I used these in my Christmas card - I sent them to Bodie, so they probably have them on file somewhere. I did e-mail one to one of the Bodie historian rangers who is a friend of mine. And I made sure I posted it on www.bodie.com.

ghost_town_huntress
12-22-2004, 11:38 PM
That was a cool Christmas card! Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy Ghost Towning!

Rachel ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com