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 Posted: Mon Jun 19th, 2017 08:45 am
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Keith Pashina


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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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This image is also from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection. The link to the Newhouse Tunnel DPL photo:

Finally, the nemesis of the Gilpin Tram,  the Newhouse Tunnel, was also clad with corrugated iron. This building was started in 1893, and Chris Walker notes that the original small Powerhouse had this material. A link to this building is also found on the C&Sng Discussion Forum, at:
Chris Walker also pointed out the Specie Payment mine – although not served by the Gilpin Tram, this was a well-known mine in the Clear Creek County area. The photo of this mine is a good example of rippled tarpaper walls with corrugated roofing of many mines.  
Another Western History Collection image, showing the Specie Payment Mine. The link to this photo:

And, here is a closeup of the same image, showing the "wrinkled" siding - tarpaper

And, a good example of a mine covered with a combination of flat tin sheets, tarpaper, and corrugated iron is the Cook Mine – a prominent producer near Mountain City (between Black Hawk and Central City).

Cook Mine, from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection. Link to photo:
So, here has been a more detailed look at cladding of mine buildings in Gilpin County. To recap this discussion, 1890 is about when corrugated iron was used for roofing was used, and by the mid-1890's maybe for siding. This was a sort of gradual transition until maybe around the turn of the century then taking off in popularity. However, there were still many mines with tarpaper, flat tin, wood boards, shingles, or combinations of these materials.
Whew! There is a lot to consider here when planning my future building models. And a big thank you to Chris Walker for doing the research to bring us this information!
I haven’t forgotten the look at the mills of Black Hawk – it’s just that my real job has been interfering with my hobby again. But, next, I post about the C&S transfer area, ore chutes, and Polar Star Mill. 
Until then,

We will close with this photo of Black Hawk, looking southward along Clear Creek. At front right is the Eagle Mill - served by the C&S 3' gauge. This is the area we will be visiting next. The link to this Denver Public Library, Western History Collection image is here:

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