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 Posted: Mon Apr 6th, 2020 05:15 am
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Jon Dierksheide


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2018
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Keith and Keith, Thanks for elaborating on and adding much to my post.
I thought I found a new photo, only to realize when I looked back that Keith had already posted it!
Thanks for adding the enlargements.

Maybe the roof was wide metal corrugations and after many winters of snow and ice damage it looked like it was canvas.
Hence the reason for the narrower corrugations of modern times - they are just stronger and easier to support.
The large wide corrugations couldn't support the snow loads without bending.
It would make an interesting and unique model roof.

The other thing I can't understand is the tram building.
There are clearly two cables going in holes that are visible, but no holes big enough for the buckets,
and nothing that looks like doors, although the photo is a bit blurry.
Where or how was the ore dumped?
Usually the end is open and there is an ore bin below that the ore dumps into.
It looks like there a front portion and the bottom of the larger rear part of the building is not visible,
so the bins may be there, if the buckets can get through the wall!

I went back to the Sanborn Maps and found this detail:

1886 map does not cover the area where the center building is, small stone building next to the track.
Gilpin track by the Sampling works is "Vac. B. Sm." Vacant Building Small?.
The closer frame one on the left next to the hill is an "assay office" No Gilpin tracks to either one.

1890 "Assay Office Vac"-vacant. The low stone one is "Vac. Bl. Sm."
The building in the center shows as "Assay Office".
Tramway only goes to Randolph Mill.

1895 Center building is "Storage". Tramway to both businesses.

1900 Center Building is "Dilapidated", no indication of the cable tram building,
which appear to have been built, based on Keith's earlier posts, about 1901.
Dan Abbot's books dates the photos about 1902.

On the first enlargement - did you notice the head sticking up above the dirt pile on the left,
and end of a shovel handle sticking out?
In post 231 image X-61783 the same guy (I assume) and shovel are in the same hole,
although you may need to go back and enlarge the original to see him.

In looking at the image X-61783 it looks like whoever built the Gilpin track on the fill,
forgot to put in some culverts under the tracks.
From the maps it looks to be a good distance between the New York Mill and the Sampling works,
and all the water running off the hill is blocked from Clear Creek by the elevated Gilpin tracks,
creating some severe erosion next to the track that is almost undermining the wagon "road".

Was the gentleman in the hole or ditch demonstrating the extent of the erosion?
It looks like he was holding a cane or yard stick.

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