View single post by Keith Pashina
 Posted: Sat Apr 4th, 2020 03:23 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 798
Kevin and Jon,

Thanks for posting the comments and observations in the last two posts.

I had used that photo before, but never paid much attention to it,
but  as you two noted, there is a lot to see in that photo!

The photo referred to is shown above.

It is image X-61796 from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection,
and identified as possibly being taken around 1900.

Those curving tracks in the foreground are wagon wheel tracks in dirt,
not a railroad.

Above is a key to the photo,
pointing out some of the interesting things that can be observed in the photo

The map above shows about where the photographer in the previous photo was situated,
looking downstream along Clear Creek, in lower Black Hawk.

The green building is at the center of the background of the photo,
and portions of the Chamberlain Sampling Works and Randolph Mill,
and even parts of the Penn Mill can be seen.

I posted some stuff starting with the 237th post, back on January 19, 2018,
and that is where this map came from

This is an enlargement of part of the same previous photo.
In the left background you can see the very end of the Chamberlain Sampling Works.

The Gilpin Tram trackage enters the door on the left side, on top of a stone retaining wall.
The tracks curve on the backside of the brick building at the front right.

It also has a nice front view of a freight team and teamster.
It reminds me that I haven't modeled a horse team with a white and black,
and I should do that

From the same photo, we now look at the right side, and see lots of cool stuff.

The tall tower is for the aerial bucket tramway that fed ore into the Randolph Mill.
The line terminates in a tall shed which sits on the Randolph Mill.

You can also see a harp switch stand to the left of the tram tower.
The switch stand is missing its target, this seems to have been very common on the Gilpin Tram.

The right spur would have led to the Randolph Mill,
and the left spur into the Chamberlain Sampling Works door we previously saw.

The brick building and stack at left foreground,
are remnants of Nathaniel Hill's former Boston & Colorado Smelter,
which previously occupied this site.

This building and stack can be seen in some of the smelter photos.
Parts of the Chamberlain Sampling Works also appear to have been reused.

I don't know what the brick building and stack may have been used for at this time

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