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 Posted: Wed Nov 29th, 2017 08:07 pm
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Keith, keep up the great Historical Presentation. Waiting for the next addition. The New York Mill info. Have started to cast stone wall for the built of the mill. So all the data you present will be put to good use.

The Polar Star is about 90% complete. Main section of the roof and about 10 feet of trestle to the loading shed.
Photos will come once I get back home form MS. Thanks for your great work.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 29th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Hi Monte

How about some photos--even if your work isn't complete?

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Monte,
Yes, I'm working on the New York Mill and that will be next. Always wanted to model that mill - we'll see.
Herb is right, though. I hope we can see some of your Polar Star Mill model photos. If you want, I can repost some of those that you previously sent to me - your work looks great, and everyone would enjoy seeing them!
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Hi Keith :wave:



Great looking model of the concentrator ! :thumb:





Monte, sounds like you're doing good, look forward to your pix. :)



:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:



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POLAR STAR MILL MODEL BY MONTE PEARSON



Monte Pearson, as some of you may already know, is modeling the Gilpin Tram in 1/2" scale in his home in Oregon. Monte gave me permission to post some recent progress photos of his 1/2" scale Polar Star Mill model.




This photo of Monte's work shows the excellent coloring and texturing on the stone, wood, and metal siding. I like the contrasts between the different building materials





This photo shows the start of the warming shed that sat on top of the wooden trestle at the ore unloading area. The fence-like structure is supports and steam piping for the thawing of ore inside the shed





Monte also attended the Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver this year. That's Monte on the left. He gave 2 presentations on the geology of the Gilpin County area, which provided great information and background as to what had happened geologically in the area, and why that led to the mining development that was somewhat unique to Gilpin County. That is Greg Smith on the right, a friend and Minneapolis standard gauge modeler we were trying to convert to the "dark side." Greg is admiring a custom brass carbody for a Gilpin Tram ore car that Monte is building.

Thank you Monte for sharing progress photos of your modeling.

Until next time,

Keith

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Nice work Monte,
That is some very nice texture and colouring that you have got in those models. Those 1/24 scale buildings are going to be HUGE. :bow::bow::bow:



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Keith, thanks for posting the photos, once I get back to OR, will send more info photos, of the Polar Star Mill project.

Starting the planning phase of the New York Mill, so your up coming posts will provide major support for that project.

John, thanks they are large structures, if you stand next to the Polar Star, it is not that large, but modeling it in 1:24, it just appears to grow and grow. Have Build it in O scale, not that large! Now in 1:24” it is well over 4’x 3 1/2’, that is just the main building. But the scale is fun to work in.


The stone walls or plaster walls - some background info:

Have carved the stone wall master into material call PVC foam core, then made some latex molds, that is how the plaster wall were made. Have about 6 wall sections drying which will be used for the New York Mill.

Thenks again Keith, for your support, keep up the great work.



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Keith, Even though I am not modeling the Gilpin Tram, I find much inspiration in your postings. Keep up the good work.

BTW I have not seen Greg Smith since he owned the hobby shop on 66th st. Thanks for posting his picture.

Larry Gant

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OLD GUNNELL MILL

The Gunnell Mill was a mining operation that reused the original Colorado Central depot in Black Hawk. The first depot was constructed of stone, had a peaked roof, and apparently the arrival track ran into the station. This building was abandoned by the railroad when the new depot was built at the foot of Gregory Street closer to the retail area of Black Hawk.

After that time, one or more mining operations set up ore processing operations in the former detail. I have not been able to learn much about this work, but it appears any ore was hauled in by wagon and not either the Gilpin Tram or C&S.

By 1913, the mill was in foreclosure. This account ran in the local newspaper:
"And in May, the “sale of the property of the Denver Mining and Reduction company’s situated in the lower portion of this city, was sold on Friday last by Coroner George Hamlik, at the county court house in Central, to satisfy judgements obtained against it by The Clark Hardware company and George Stroehle & Sons, of this city, and was bid in for something less than $5000 by John Stroehle, for the creditors. The plant is located in the old stone depot, just above the New York mill….”




This image is from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, image X-60800. I think this is showing remodeling work on the former Colorado Central station - the roof dormers are being added and probably lots of interior work




This is an enlargement of a small piece of Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, image K-222, and shows south end of the Gunnell Mill. At this time, there are no dormers on the roof, but a smokestack is plainly visible





This image shows up in books and magazines, and is also from Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, image Z-15674. The smokestack is gone, there are no roof dormers, and the building looks boarded up and disused. The C&S water tank next to the Clear Creek bridge can be seen immediately above the mill








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The New York Mill, located just south of the old Gunnell Mill (Colorado Central depot). The Gunnell can be seen above the New York Mill


NEW YORK MILL


The New York Mill is well-known, in part due to a great photo of Gilpin Tram shay #3 switching ore cars into the mill, and the prominent "New York Mill." name emblazoned on the side.


This mill processed a lot of ore, mostly to about 1913. In 1896, the Mining and Industry Review magazine reported that “The New York Mill is running steady between forty and fifty stamps on custom ores from the Alps, San Juan, Rocky Mountain Terror and other mines. “ 




An enlargement of the C&S Black Hawk trackage map, showing the New York Mill (the Gilpin Tram spur is not shown), and its proximity to the Gunnell Mill




Gilpin Tram shay #3 is switching ore cars into the New York Mill. Note the switch stand for the 2' gauge spur into the mill and the three-rail mainline. An ore wagon has paused to unload gold ore into one of the ore bin doors. This photo actually shows the mill prior to the 1899 expansion and remodeling


Dan Abbott's book "The Gilpin RR Era" reports on page 236 that a spur was laid in May 1899. This new spur coincided with an expansion on the north end of the mill. At this time, the spur shown in the photo above was abandoned, and a new spur on a trestle leading to an ore unloading shed was constructed
 
The New York Mill's expansion greatly expanded its daily capacity, which was needed as some of biggest-producing mines came into production. Some examples of traffic to this mill:
 
·       280 ore cars from the Pewabic and Iron Mines in September 1905
·       5 ore cars from the Old Town Mine in August 1907
·       163 ore cars from the Pewabic and Iron Mines in August 1907
·       12 ore cars from the Barnes Mine in August 1907
·       12 ore cars from the Druid Mine in August 1907
·       In September 1907, 89 cars from the Iron, 4 cars from the Old Town, 10 from the Pewabic, 15 from the Druid, and 3 from the Forfar Mines (a total of 121 cars that month)
·       In October 1907, 15 cars from the Pewabic Mine, 107 cars from the Iron Mine, 17 from the Druid Mine, and 2 from the Tucker Mill (mill dirt for further processing)
 
The above records show anywhere from about 4 to 10 cars of ore being unloaded at the mill each day. This would be in addition to ore loads hauled down by horse and wagon.


The stated ore processing capacity at the New York Mill varied by year, from 115 tons from 75 stamps in the early days to 150 tons per day. The New York Mill  was one of the  older mills along Clear Creek, and was built prior to 1886. 




By 1900, the mill was extensively remodeled with new equipment, and a substantial addition to the upper part of the mill. The separate ore house was built at this time. This mill was modified yet again in 1908, when the Mining American magazine reported the Pewabic Consolidated Gold Mining Company was “being thoroughly overhauled and remodeled. The water wheel is being dismantled and steam power installed. New mortars will be put in the mill and many improvements added.” The 1918 USGS Economic Geology report described the mill machinery as including “25 rapid-drop stamps, 1 jaw crusher, Flood classifiers, 5 Card tables, 2 Deister tables, regrinding pan, and 2 Callow cones.”
 
But, times got rough as mining operations in Black Hawk declined, It was reported in the local newspaper in January, 1913, “the Pewabic Consolidated Mining Company sought bankruptcy protection: the company had been operating the New York mill.”
 
According to the USGS “Mineral Resources of the United States” 1918 report, the New York (and adjacent Randolph) mills were “operated for a short period only, the operations being the nature of clean-up.”


Today, there are no remains of this mill - the Highway 119 construction over the past several decades has obliterated the site.








This map was prepared by Dan Abbott and originally published in the Gilpin Railroad Historical Society Newsletter. This map shows the mill in its pre-1900 configuration




Here is an enlargement of a previous photo, and shows the detail of the ore unloading bins on the horse-drawn wagon side of the mill. The small carriage on the left might be the one the photographer used








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