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|Posted: Thu Feb 23rd, 2017 01:57 am||
|Well, thank you Woodie.
Oh My! Look it worked!
Whatever shall I do?!!! So, now I can do this the easy way.
So this is my latest project. I am building a tent saloon for a camp. Placer gold was being discovered in many places, in what would many call a "late" timeframe. Most people associate placer or free gold with the California Gold Rush, where miners panned and used water to wash the gold from the sands and gravels of stream beds and ancient rivers.
Nevada was no different. The Comstock was actually discovered by the Grolsch (think I spelled that right... probably not, I am too lazy to look it up) brothers in 1859, about the same time they were panning Clear Creek in Colorado. Manhattan, NV was also a large placer operation as was Oseola, NV among others. My story is this, while the railroad was building up the Toiyabes in 1881, the grade builders unearthed a large sand bar loaded with free gold on Big Creek and a rush began. While there were mines up in this area, they didn't last long and were most likely prospects, but in my world, the area exploded.
Tent towns were built throughout the "wild west" mining days of Nevada all the way up into the 1920 at Leadfield outside of Death Valley. Places like Rawhide, Manhattan and others began as tent towns, mostly centered around a few merchants and of course as many saloons as could be mustered. You can search UNR archives on line and many tents pop up, and many tent saloons are the subject matter.
The Star Spangled Banner is a hat tip to some friends of mine from back in my historic interpretive days. But, in the photos that I found, there were many saloons and businesses that just painted their signs right on the canvas.
I was sitting in a pizza restaurant one night during the time that I was envisioning this project and we were given napkins by the waitress, and BAM! these were perfect for O Scale heavy canvas , so I asked for a couple of more... she obliged. I left a big tip! I commenced to build the floor and framework out of styrene, distressing it and using a myriad of acrylic colors to make the "wood" feel like wood. I cut and wrapped my new found canvas on the structure and painted it a thinned "sand". I use thread for the ropes and gave the whole thing a wash of very thinned black.
It is the Star Spangled Banner, so my story is Antone is the owner and keep, came 'round the horn in '50 to try his luck in the mines. He struck out as a miner, but was able to get a job at a restaurant in Sacramento. He quickly became the head cook, and there was a rumor, which he refuses to confirm or deny that he used to work in DelMonico's. Never-the-Less, he was successful enough to open his own restaurant and made a small pile. His partner, Carson, tried to talk him into going to San Francisco, this was about the time of the Washoe excitement, and he opted for adventure instead. Packed up his pots and pans, and his beloved bar and back bar (also shipped 'round the horn in '57) and headed off.
Washoe was just what he wanted and just about the time things got routine, he lit out for White Pine and ran a place on Treasure Hill. When that petered out he headed to Austin and worked there for a time, always restless. Then... Big Creek just over yonder, exploded, being so close, he was about the first on scene. The SSB is his latest. Always loving the American dream and being able to be as successful as he was willing to work, he fostered a deep love of American History and has collected a number of prints of historical note. One, his favorite, being the copy of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze (1851), the second is one of General Grant (before all the messiness of President Grant). He also has collected some copies of some "traditional" saloon art for his patrons who demand it. You will notice that President Garfield is dropped in black crepe. It is late September, and he has just been assassinated. Antone is deep mourning, he liked Garfield's policies and doesn't feel that Chester Arthur is up to the task. "We shall see," he says.
Here we are at the beginning of this project. Antone has plans to build an addition for cooking food. Right now he is serving up pork, beans and biscuits as that is all he has time to cook with building the establishment.
More to come! Thanks Woodie for getting me into the Gallery. It was a tough find!
Humboldt & Toiyabe Rwy