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And keep in mind that thanks to the 'oldfashioned' analog photography these extreme blowups are still rendering information whereas today's digital photos will just show coarse pixels were they subject to the same treatment.



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I am still in awe at this thread. Keith is a great historian and modeler, we should be damn glad that he chose Freerails to post all this information. I find more by Keith than I can find looking through my collected works about the Gilpin. Thank you sir.

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Thanks so much - so really good shots that will help out detailing the back!

Sir Historian of Gregory Gulch - you are!

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Agree on old fashion photography 20 meg vs how many 10 of millions of capture media on a slide or print. Used to do a lot of darkroom work and slide film. Images still perfect 30+ years later.

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Well, speaking of good old photographs, here is a bit more of Black Hawk that we'll look at.


The State Ore Sampler




This is an extreme enlargement of Black Hawk, near the depot. The depot can be seen in the front center of this image. The large dark building above and behind it is the State Ore Sampler - note how close to the depot this sampler was




This is an excerpt from the 1899 C&S Black Hawk trackage map. The State Ore Sampler is at the right margin of the map (in red) and the C&S depot is shown in blue just to the left of it. The C&S laid in a spur to the State Ore Sampler



 This is another photo enlargement of a Black Hawk panoramic view from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection. The sprawling Sate Ore Sampler is the large building at lower left. About 5 C&S gondolas are gathered in front of the C&S depot





This is an enlargement of Denver Public Library, Western History Collection image, and shows the east side of the State Ore Sampler. The C&S spur can be seen in front of the sampler, and there appears to be 3 ore loading doors in this building




The 1895 Sanborn Fire Insurance map does not show the sampler, but the 1900 map does, as shown here. Notes on the map show the building to be "iron clad", which I would assume would be flat tin siding on the walls, and a metal roof, possibly corrugated metal. The building frame was probably all  wood, and not stone

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This is an enlargement of another image from Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, and it shows the south end of the State Ore Sampler. This would be a fairly simple building to model


I have not been able to find any good information about the State Ore Sampler. It appears it was built between 1895 and 1900, based on the Sunburn Fire Insurance map. Robert Baker's Black Hawk book writes that the sampler closed in 1911.

For a large building of this size and close to the Black Hawk retail area, there are not many photographs that are available. Also, most photographs were taken when the sampler was closed. I do not know who shipped ore to the sampler, but the Gilpin Tram did not have a spur to it. The only spur was the 3' C&S, and likely boxcars were loaded with the ore. This appears to be the practice along the Clear Creek samplers, anyway.




This image has been published several times in various books and magazines, because of the very interesting C&S gondola and reefer. Note the three foot track in foreground - this is the mainline, and the trackage used by the Gilpin Tram to reach the Rocky Mountain Concentrator and other mills. The cars are actually parked on the spur to the State Ore Sampler, just south of the depot. The actual sampler building cannot be seen in this photo. It appears to me that after the sampler closed, the spur was a handy place to park freight cars - I doubt the sampler shipped out in reefers!

The house above the right hand edge of the reefer is the Lace House, a well-known residence due to the ornate wooden trim. The Lace House has been featured in various scale drawings, and kits have been offered in past years. Harry Brunk also wrote about this building in Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette




Here is the Lace House in 1941, from image X-2135 from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection. The house appears derelict at this time - there appear to be several broken glass panes in the windows. This building was eventually restored, and during the Black Hawk casino boom, was moved to a "safer" place along with other historic buildings in the Mountain City area, a historic location about halfway between Black Hawk and Central City. If I were to model the State Ore Sampler, this house would look great placed behind it, maybe as a shallow front against the backdrop



In this image, also from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, this nice lady is posing at the south end of the C&S "yards" just south of the C&S depot





The view today of the same approximate area shows this. First, Highway 119 was built over the C&S grade in the 1940s, after abandonment. This road was gradually updated, then the casino boom starting in about 1991 really took off here. Today, traces of the depot area are long gone


So, we have worked our way downstream along Clear Creek, starting up towards the Gilpin Tram engine house, and through the built-up Black Hawk commercial area. Below the main part of Black Hawk, there were several mills in the canyon. In fact, the biggest ore processing mills were all located south of town - the mills we have seen so far were small in comparison.

Until next time,

Keith

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