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 Posted: Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 05:01 am
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Jon Dierksheide


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Great work Keith on the machine shop and engine house. 
Thanks for sharing your journey.  I've really enjoy following it.

I was browsing the Denver Public Library Western Collection and stumbled on this photo.
In the thumbnail image I thought the wagon wheel tracks were railroad rails,
and that's what caught my eye.

But no, instead it was the W J Chamberlain Sampling Works and the Randolph Mill,
with the Gilpin rails leading down to it,
a harp switch stand and what is really interesting is the corrugated roof on the building. 

I thought at first it was some large metal corrugation,
but I think it may have been canvas,
or other stiff material draped on the rafters with some rips on the right side. 

On the left it looks more like canvas,
but on the right it looks too smooth in areas to just be draped over the rafters. 

It looks like one sheet, not tar paper rolls.
I can't imagine how that would hold up to snow loads in the winter,
and it doesn't look like it was a temporary tarp. 

Has anyone seen a roof like that?  I've never seen one.
Also interesting is that there is a tall chimney next to the building,
but no connection to the building, unless it is behind the dog, but that seems too low. 

I would have expected a pipe near the eaves,
but maybe it had been removed, since the windows are boarded up.

I of course got out The Gilpin Era,
and found what looks like a companion photo to this one on p308,
with this one taken in the opposite direction from where the track crosses the flume. 

I thought the wagons might be the same but one horse is white. 
The wagon tracks are similarly visible, but what seals the deal is in front of the buildings,
on the left is the head of a man behind the rock pile,
and on p 308 there is what looks like the same man,
in a depression behind the rock pile from the opposite side!

It was taken with quite a zoom lens,
since the harp switch stand next to the building is for the sampling works and mill,
and you can see the rails enter the left of the sampling works building. 

So the rails curve left behind the front building and then back right,
and into the left side of the sampling building.

I think Keith talked about that building previously. 

On p310 there is a birds eye (or hill side view) of the area from the other side,
and you see how far apart the buildings really are. 

With that much zoom, I think the Mill sign to the right of the flume,
may be the Penn Mill further down the valley (see p 312). 

Also interesting is the fill under the tracks,
not the usual fine stone work I think of on the Tram.

I also noticed a tram tower and what looks like unloading building
(with the large angled supports to counter the cable tension)
which would have been about right where the Gilpin entered the Mill
(p212 in the Gilpin Era). 

Did you talk about the cable tram in a previous post? 

I thought there was one after the Gilpin ceased,
but with a horse wagon it seems like it must have been there about 1902,
although the 1900 Sanborn maps don't show it. 

Didn't mean to change subjects, but this is still Gilpin related.

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