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 Posted: Sun Jun 4th, 2017 09:31 pm
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 766
James, thank you again for posting the 1960s photos of the Nevadaville area. The photos are a good study of wood and metal siding weathering. It's also informative to be able to see what the Chain-O-Mines complex looked like 50 years ago, and compare that to the partial ruins still visible today.

In one of the recent posts, Duane asked about when corrugated metal may have been first used in the Gilpin County area. The short answer is - who knows?

Flat sheet metal nailed to wood boards seems to be the preferred siding material on the buildings remaining today, at least the ones that appear to be older, and not 1950s or more recent construction.

This old shed has what looks liked patched or recycled metal siding, and this seems very common to the area
From what I could find, corrugated metal siding was invented in England in the 1820s, and first used in Pennsylvania in the 1830s. But, when did it make its way out to the wild, wild West?  That is where things get murky. I looked at the photos I had from the 1800s of the Gilpin Tram, and so many scenes were photographed with the buildings more in the background, that I had trouble telling if I was looking at flat metal, tarpaper, or something else.  However, there are some things we know.

This photo of the Frontenac Mine would have been taken in the 1890s or early 1900s, so we know the material was in use by that time. The Frontenac mine was added on to over time, so dating the corrugated siding is only a guess

The Quartz Hill (or Egyptian) Mine had corrugated roofing and siding, but again, when was this actually constructed? There is no photographic evidence from 100+ years ago for this building so once again, who knows for sure?

The Gilpin Tram's Quartz Hill depot was built by the early 1900s, and this has corrugated siding. I call this the depot, but this is only a guess - it could have been a mine office for a nearby mine, too. The point is, there is corrugated siding on this building
So what can we conclude from all of this? That once again, there is a segment of Gilpin County for which we know very little, and have to use an educated guess when constructing our models.
I have used a combination of flat metal siding, tarpaper, and corrugated metal on my models, selecting what looks "good" to me, and that works on my layout.


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