|View single post by Keith Pashina|
|Posted: Mon Jun 19th, 2017 08:17 am||
|Steven, Michael, and everybody,
There is a whole lot to the subject of metal siding - when, what, where? I suppose there were several differences between the mining districts. Digging out the facts, searching through old photos, books, etc. makes this all a fun endeavor.
So, looking one more time at the question of when did the "modern" corrugated iron siding start being used in the Gilpin County buildings?
CORRUGATED METAL SIDING AND ROOFING - REDUX
After posting my thoughts on corrugated metal siding, I heard from Chris Walker, who among many other railroad-related interests, is a big Gilpin Tram fan. Chris wrote to me:
“just reading your current discussion… (and) the big mill (later 50 Gold Mines Mill) was built with corrugated siding…(and) the Eagle Mill.
Chris also noted the the Gilpin enginehouse roof was corrugated iron.
This image is from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
Chris Walker is very good at noticing details in photos, and bringing out a lot of detail in them. As an example, from the same photo shown above, this enlargement gives this detail:
The corner of the Gilpin Tram's engine house shows it has corrugated iron roofing.
The engine house was one still when first used in 1888, and the second stall was added in 1890. So, the previous photos seem to show there was corrugated iron siding in use in 1890, and maybe earlier.
So, I asked Chris Walker how he could tell corrugated iron from flat tin siding from tarpaper in the black and white photos?
Chris replied, “
“.. I'd say that 1890 seemed to be the earliest that the corrugated iron roofing was used, and the mid-1890's maybe for siding (but not necessarily on all buildings). This was a sort of gradual transition until maybe around the turn of the century then taking off in popularity.
This photo shows the Iron City Mill, with the then-Union Pacific trackage in front. This photo is from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection,
And, a closeup of the photo shows this roof edge detail: