Bodie “Swazey Hotel” Birdhouse


Get the third item from our new Bodie, CA Series!

About 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe lies Bodie, California, a small mining town, that became a boom town, that then became a ghost town, is now becoming a custom series of birdhouses from Four Seasons Handmade Woodcrafts! Gold was discovered in what became Bodie by a group of prospectors that included W.S. Bodey. When Bodey died in a supply trip the following year, the fledgling town was named after him. By 1879, Bodie had between 7,000-10,000 residents and around 2,000 buildings. While the gold town was active, it produced the equivalent of 85 million dollars of gold today! Unfortunately, as the mines dried up the residents moved on and Bodie was a “ghost town” by 1915. By 1920 Bodie had only 120 residents left. In 1962 state legislature authorized the creation of Bodie State Historic Park which you can still visit to this day. Within the park sits 110 structures that are preserved in a state of arrested decay. We will be creating a series of Bodie birdhouses that resemble some of the town’s most iconic structures. Bring a piece of this amazing history to your own backyard!

This handcrafted cedar birdhouse is a representation of Bodie’s “Swazey Hotel”. This unique structure was used for many different purposes over the years, including a clothing store and a casino. However, during Bodie’s most booming years, this building was the most famous cheap hotel in the area, the Swazey Hotel. Today this is one of Bodie’s most popular attractions as if it wasn’t for the beam on the north side of the building it would have fallen a long time ago! This beautiful representation has a unique design with the bird entry being on the side of the house. The front is designed with intricate doors and windows (including a bay window!), showing you what Swazey looked like in better days! In addition the bottom of the birdhouse is removable, allowing you to clean it out and ensure it stays in good condition for years. Along with this being a beautiful addition to any back yard, it is also a functional birdhouse. The 1.25” opening is the perfect size for Chickadees, Warblers, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Wrens, and many other birds! Hand cut, constructed, and decorated, this birdhouse is a fantastic addition to any backyard habitat. The Bodie “Swazey Hotel” Birdhouse can either be set on a flat surface in your yard or hung using the provided kit! Check out the information guide in the pictures to see the best height to place your birdhouse, depending on the bird you are trying to attract. This unique item is one of a kind… do not wait to buy!

This item was handcrafted by my father, a retiree in Reno, NV, who honed his skills by creating amazing gifts for family and friends during the lockdowns of 2020. Having multiple health issues, paired with a global pandemic, kept him from spending his retirement as he planned. Never being one to sit still he spent his time in his small woodshop creating over 100 bird feeders, bird houses, whirligigs, and custom holiday items, all of which he gifted to family, friends, and neighbors. Seeing the happiness his work brought others, he worked with a local women's shelter and created over 30 handcrafted wood toys, which were donated to bring a smile to the children's faces who were staying. He is now sharing his talent and unique abilities with the world through Four Seasons Handmade Woodcrafts!

Birdhouse is 11”x6”x6”

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