Gold was discovered in Congress in 1884 and more than 400 men came to work the mines aided by the addition of the railroad. In fact, the structure still sits across the street from the current BNSF lines in Congress. The Silver Dollar Saloon is where they spent their leisure time. There are remnants, an old mine, and a cemetery to be seen in Congress. There was an upper and a lower part to the town. The upper part of Congress is where the businesses were located, and the people lived in the lower part. A fire destroyed most of the businesses in Congress in 1898, but the mine was worked until the 1930's.
According to Ed this structure predates the 1900's. There used to be a row of several of them, 7 or 8 if I'm correct. It was originally used as a miner's house then later as a "crib" (or a house for prostitution). When the mines ceased to operate after the 1930's business in the area dwindled off and moved away. The building was then rented on and off to tenants and eventually rented out as a small store for, no less... mining supplies. It's been abandoned for several years now but there's still a few signs and countertop inside that would let you know you could once purchase supplies there.
On careful inspection the original colors seem to be white walls with a light or pale green trim (similar to Penn Central green). I chose to stain my model with tan and gray stains to try and match the weathering that has taken place over the years.
Update: This structure was dismantled in the summer of 2007.
• Length: 3 1/2"
• Width: 5 1/2"
This kit features:
• Laser cut wood for easy assembly
• Peel & stick shingles
• Corrugated metal roofing
• Real copper flashing
• Jigs to create the open rafters quick and easy
• Simple step by step instructions
• Proudly made in the USA
This kit contains small parts and is not intended for small children.
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