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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 08:17 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 750

This photo is back in the Santiago Mill near Waldorf. This photo reminds of something Mike Condor told me about mills - they were very dirty inside. The ore crushing, slurries, slimes, and dust eventually coated everything, making machinery, walls, and framing all dirt-covered. The dirt color would be that of whatever ores were being processed - in Black Hawk, that would be a light gray.  So, an excuse to do very heavy weathering inside a mill - that is fun to model!

This was taken inside a modern mill near Central City, and what stands out in this picture is how cluttered the mill interior is. If this was an older mill, there would be belts and belt drive wheels and axles cluttering up the interior even more.  Even though this mill had electric motor-driven machinery, there are still water feed pipes, launders, sluices and flumes, and wooden building framing all over the place. 

This review of photos has reminded me to build models from the prototype, and not photos of other models. I will want to go for the dirty, cluttered, busy look in whatever mill interior I get around to modeling. Looking at past model magazine models, a lot of the models pictured seem to be to barren inside and too clean.

Not all machinery in a mill was massive. This cleanup pan in a modern mill (it was driven by an electric motor) is about the size of an old style clothes washing machine. This could easily be driven by an overhead belt and pulley drive system. Also note the machine and floor are covered in dirt and crud
So, that wraps up my thoughts on mill interiors, and next, we'll continue a review of the mills that existed Black Hawk during the Gilpin Tram era.


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