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"Development"....
that means taking historic old landmarks and turning them into casinos and other "money making" craziness.
If I had the dinero, I would take the deal and KEEP EVERYTHING AS IS.
"Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

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Jon,

Good question about the mines, the mines were no compared to other mining district around the west.

There was a water problem in all of the Gilpin mines which aided, in the reducing of surface contamination of the soil.
Plus, so called toxic heavy minerals didn’t compose high per cent of the county rocks or in association with the ore bodies.

If the mines were not worked - or water not pumped from them, they would “fill” with water,
which would slowing migrate to the ground water table.

That is another chapter - but appears to not be a major problem, currently.
EPA has been active in area nevertheless money can correct current issues, which are not that large of factor.

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After Monte burst my bubble of owning a few gold mines,
whilst looking up EPA superfund reclamation in Central City,
I stumbled across this interesting map of claims in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties.


https://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/60600/map-of-portions-of-lower-clear-creek-and-gilpin-counties-sho-underhill


When you see all the overlapping claims,
its amazing there weren't more lawsuits.

Apparently the Big Five mine tunnel in Idaho Springs,
which more or less goes in the same direction of the Newhouse/Argo Tunnel,
is also a major source of contaminated water.

From the map it looks like they planned to go to Nevadaville,
but it doesn't look like they made it nearly that far.


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That Crooked House structure photo that Si posted would make a neat model!

I haven't won a lottery lately, so I guess I won't be purchasing any old mining properties anytime soon.



MODELING INSPIRATION FROM ALASKA

I recently got back from a trip to Alaska, sailing on a cruise ship from Vancouver BC to Seward Alaska.
Since one of the port stops was Skagway, Alaska, that meant an opportunity to ride the 3' gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway.

Although this line hauled ores and freight until not too long ago, recent years have seen the railroad sold again,
and now is a very busy tourist line hauling passengers from Skagway to the top of White Pass and beyond.  






Since the White Pass & Yukon was a working freight line into recent years, they had a modernized roster. 
The entire experience is nice, with great scenery everywhere and lots of items to look at.

I spent a lot of ride on one of the open coach end platforms,
and inevitably saw a lot of sights that got me thinking about what would be fun to add to my HOn30 layout.






Scenes like this would be awesome to model, but I don't have anything near this space to do so.
Nevertheless, this is an awesome chasm and bridge scene!






At a few locations, such as "Glacier" shown here, boxcars have been set off of their trucks and used for wayside storage.
I haven't done this yet, but a scene like this would make a nice model.






This scene is getting closer to the top of the pass, and two things jump out at me -
first, nicely weathered telephone poles, and second, right-of-way signs for locations without structures.  





And in the same general area as shown above, the lineside scenery is beautiful, too.
The color splashes of fascia and yellow wildflowers add a lot of interest.
The rock formations, and twisted and gnarled trees would be nice to model, too
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Now that vacation is over, I am getting back to my hobby room, and resuming work on the Black Hawk town scene.
I'll be posting more on this soon.



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Hadn't stopped by in awhile,

but thought I would share this really neat little pamphlet I found on archive.org


"Consolidated Gold Dirt Mines, Mineral and Farming Lands owned by John Q.A. Rollins of Gilpin County, Colorado"


From 1879.
 
A short but interesting read, only 28 pages total.


https://ia802305.us.archive.org/9/items/descriptionofcon00rollrich/descriptionofcon00rollrich.pdf




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Chriss,

Great little publication. 

Thanks for finding it and posting it.

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Chriss, 

Thanks for the link to the publication on Gilpin mines - an interesting read.
Was the Rollins mentioned in the pamphlet the same Rollins that Rollins Pass is named after?



MORE WORK ON BLACK HAWK

I haven't done much modeling work this past month - too busy with summer and work.
However, I did get a little bit more done on my Black Hawk town scene.






After considering what space I had to work with, I made several compromises and came up with this plan for Black Hawk.
The "Bull Durham" building (Fick's Carriage Shop) was included, but condensed to about 1/3 real size.
The Black Hawk Cracker Bakery got included, but only as a kit bash.
Likewise the other buildings were a combination of kits and kit bashing.






So this is the scene starting to come together.
The store in front, with the "Melo-Crown" cigar ad, is a Woodland Scenics kit I built 37 years ago,
and has ended up on every layout of mine ever since
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I made artwork using Microsoft Word and then printed decals on my old Alps 1996-era printer.
I'm just glad the old printer still works!






The Black Hawk Cracker Bakery was kitbashed from a Grandt Line Reese Street Homes kit.
These were a pack of single story residences, but I stacked up some wall sections and added a Tichy store front.
The exterior stairs are from an old Revell kit from the 1970s.
Shingles are by Wild West Scale Model Builders.
This kit has a partial interior at the storefront, and will be lit with LEDs.






I had started painting some additional townspeople, but needed street traffic too.
So I built 5 wagon kits - 2 GME kits as shown here, and 3 Jordan Miniatures wagons
(which are no longer manufactured)
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More to come!


Keith


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The wagon kits are interesting.

It's one thing I am wondering how to source for my layout.

I may have to scratch build.




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39th NATIONAL NARROW GAUGE CONVENTION - SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Last week was a lot of fun -
I attended the National Narrow Gauge Convention last week in Sacramento.

The convention was structured like most of the previous conventions,
with organized activities in the morning and evening,
and time open for tours during the afternoons.

I had to leave early Saturday morning,
so I missed hearing where future conventions will be held.






A fun part of these conventions is seeing and meeting all the friends that attend,
my motivation for going to these is probably 70% seeing friends and 30% doing train stuff!

The manufacturers' display rooms are fun, not only to see the products offered,
but to get to know the people behind the boxes and packages that create this stuff.
The view above shows one of the two display rooms at the convention.


The manufacturer's modeling news related to Gilpin Tram modeling that I hear, is that San Juan Co,
the group who purchased the former Grandt Line product line,
will be bringing the two styles of On2 Gilpin Tram cars back into production "soon". 
That's good news, indeed.






I gave a clinic on the Gilpin Tram (what else?) titled, "Gilpin Tram, Small, Compact Layout Inspiration". 

Monte Pearson gave his clinic titled ,"Geology and Mineralization - Modeling the Little Kingdom of Gilpin".
His clinic covered the why and how the precious metals came about being in Gilpin County,
but also local cultural changes, topography, and lots of ideas on how to depict this in our modeling.


The convention organizers had our clinics back-to-back, and it was a lot fun doing these together. 
The photo above is Monte (left) and me (right) after our last clinic on Friday night.






Pete Smith organized a private tour of the Knights Foundry historical building in Sutters Creek.
This 1870s operation is still operable, and a national historic site,
where metal and machining is still done to demonstrate the processes used.

The interior is loaded with operable machines, furnaces, overhead belt drives, tools,
and lots of modeling inspiration!


The photo above doesn't show how hot it was that day - and even toastier inside!





In the contest entry room, there were lots of good modeling entries.
One that particularly interested me is this model of Gilpin Shay #2, done in 7/8" scale.
This magnificent model was certainly worth admiring for a while.
I don't know who built this, but I hope they publish an article on how they built it in a magazine.


The convention ended all too soon,
but model building on my Gilpin Tram layout has resumed, and I'll post more about that soon.



Keith


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