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Keith Hayes
This one is for you,  John.

Harry Brunk's nice drawings of the Idaho Springs tank (or was it Georgetown?) with the cast iron columns inspired me to build one for my small layout. This was circa 1995.

I built the barrel easy enough,  but could not figure out an easy way to make the columns.  Now we have 3d printing.  At the time, I built up a wooden support frame, and then went on to the roof.

The roof is all styrene shingles,  and, as Derrel's theorem suggests, I didn't not figure out the C&S favored battens over building felt for roofing.  That will be harder to fix.

But, I might dig out Harry's book and make those cool columns and the strap ties.
Keith Hayes
Leadville in Sn3
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Chris Walker
Hmmm, looks to be different from the one at Idaho Springs to me {:))


http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/3356/rv/singleitem


...the 2nd tank at Idaho ....
 
http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/42719/rec/5
UpSideDownC
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Keith Hayes
Chris, as usual you are on SPOT for finding collateral images. My model started as the 2nd tank, of course.
Keith Hayes
Leadville in Sn3
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Robert McFarland
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Who built the castle?
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Chris Walker
Robert, you might like to read this page.
http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/co_unk4.htm

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John Schapekahm
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Chris Walker
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John Schapekahm wrote
 the first picture Chris posted (honey, does this enclosure make my bottom look bigger) shows the first IS tank, east of town, which succumbed to the ever-expanding waste rock pile of the Newhouse (Argo) Tunnel (gritty, Derrell) - - -
EDIT:Note, this later view does not show the first tank, I have pasted it in to show location.


Ahhh, holdon there, not quite succumbed to the pile, as the houses seen in the later McCure pic
http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/90657/rv/singleitem/rec/7
are still (inside the yellow line)  in existance in todays I.S.


Just being picky, not picking a fight {:))
UpSideDownC
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John Schapekahm
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Todd A Ferguson
Do we know the source of the water for the IS tanks?  City supply or out of the creek itself or perhaps a spring? There are various examples of railroads moving structures from one place to another. Could this be the case here where the tank was relocated for some reason. Perhaps related to a supply of clean water? The water in Clear Creek west of IS was likely cleaner than the water on the east side of IS.

So, perhaps the tank was moved and reused by mounting it on the new cast support structure.

Best,
Todd Ferguson
Harrisburg, NC
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Chris Walker
The 1st IdahoW.T. in question may have had a pumphouse in the foreground shadows, there is definitely something there, at a time when there are no other buildings on that section of ground.  Looking deeper into the picture it seems the roadbed was raised across an old meander or dry channel in the streambed of the Clear Creek.  In that case then the water would have been taken from the Creek.   Ever so slightly further West of this spot the drainage for Virginia Canyon enters the Clear Creek, this may have had a piped supply to the 1st Tank that wasn't reliable and /or constant.  Speculation on my part.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/3356/rv/singleitem


In his Up Clear Creek article on the 2nd W.T. at Idaho, NG&SL Gazette Nov/Dec 84, Harry Brunk muses.... "There were at least two water tanks in Idaho Springs over the years.  In the early days of the Colorado Central, there was a tank just west of the area where the Argo Tunnel was built.  This tank was gone in later years but it was near enough to the Argo that I suspect that it may have been removed because it was in the way of the tunnel construction."

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Chris Walker
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Chris Walker wrote
In his Up Clear Creek article on the 2nd W.T. at Idaho, NG&SL Gazette Nov/Dec 84, Harry Brunk muses.... "There were at least two water tanks in Idaho Springs over the years.  In the early days of the Colorado Central, there was a tank just west of the area where the Argo Tunnel was built.  This tank was gone in later years but it was near enough to the Argo that I suspect that it may have been removed because it was in the way of the tunnel construction."
John Schapekahm wrote
So Chris, you’re saying that, after twenty years there, water problems on the east side of Idaho Springs convinced the C&S to relocate water facilities clear across town to the west side of Idaho Springs, irrespective of the Newhouse (Argo) Tunnel and Mill operation and dump right then and there looming over the original C&S tank? Sorry, but I remain unpersuaded. I continue to cast my lot with Harry Brunk, who, as I said, seems to have had a [1] similar [2] “suspicion” about [3] Argo being the culprit (thanks for furnishing his exact quote) …
Hang on a minute!  How did you get that out of that?    I'm certainly not here to tear down Harry Brunk.  I merely postulated a possible reason.   Mining up Virginia Canyon increased and maybe took the water supply?  Seems logical to draw that conclusion after reviewing the following growth of the Newhouse/Argo.   And I'm not saying I'm RIGHT either, just posting the info as I find it.
   
The photos above (if you look deep into the links) closely show the same buildings and verified from todays views available on GoogleStreetview.  I for one cannot find a photo that shows the  Newhouse Tunnel Dump ever encroached on 23rd Ave.   Just use streetview to see how far from the Argo Mill, 2017 Virginia St is.   The 2-storey house w/attic dormer, uphillside of that address  is visible in MCC-614  http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/90657/rv/singleitem/rec/7  which is opposite the 1st W.T.
 
The Dump was extended East shown here in this view
   
X-61683  http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/38917/rec/79

Take this earlier one so you can study the relationship of the dump size in various photos.  

 Z-2797   http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/67651/rv/singleitem/rec/71
In this view note the switchstand right of the houses, it still appears in the same place as in the McClure MCC-614, I doubt that siding grew any longer.  Also there now are three Stacks at the Powerhouse, down to two Stacks in the MCC-614 and that the Powerhouse dissappeared in the X-61683.


In this next view that shows the location of the 2nd W.T., greatly enlarged to show the relationship of the Newhouse tunnel Dump before the Argo Mill was built.  This picture has a C&S "Colorado Road" lettering car in it, setting the date after 1899, (Derrell will correct me ...)

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/3381/rv/singleitem/rec/2

Reading between the lines, Harry has often intimated find clues, new information, new photo's and correcting things was all part and parcel of his Gazette series "Up Clear Creek on The Narrow Gauge"  e.g. read his words in part 120 Jul/Aug 2000.
A footnote in regards to the Powerhouse, Harry's caption Part 17:Argo Tunnel-The Mill, photo #4 pg 58,  Nov/Dec '82 pg58 "As the sign tips off: this was when everything was brand new. The purpose of the tall-stacked building lower left is unknown; it was gone in later years."   From that I take it Harry was really unaware of the importance of the powerhouse and it's tall stacks as it does not appear in any of his sketches, maps or photo's presented.
UpSideDownC
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John Schapekahm
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Chris Walker
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Yes, the Powerhouse.  Steam Boilers running huge Compressors to supply compressed air for the drills, air Pump (blower) for the tunnel ventilation, hence Pumphouse.  Water was used in the drills after the Leyner (1897) invention.
 

UpSideDownC
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Chris Walker
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Actually I still don't see your arguement, the first W.T. was there on the floodplain of the Clear Creek, the Colorado Central raising an embankment across the meander.  Maybe as another thought not yet put forward, the Clear Creek became angry and washed it out or undermined it?


http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/3356/rv/singleitem

This area of land was filled in and houses built upon it, as I have shown above in the  DPL X-2278 picture taken from opposite the 2nd Tank location.   The Newhouse Tunnel was started in 1893, in ernest by 1895 and completed by 1904.   After that the Mill was built and all the waste rock was dumped along the undeveloped Eastern side of the Tunnel.

Looking back at I.S. in pre-Newhouse times with the 1st Tank visible.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/41181/rv/singleitem

In this enlargement there is no 1st Tank visible, the Wastedump appears to have reached its extent and the Argo Mill has yet to be constructed.


http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/67650/rv/singleitem

Your supposition that the Argo bought off the C&S to move a Tank alongside the Railroad to possibly bury with a Wastedump when they would have just cribbed past it seems odd at the least, and I can't read that into Harry Brunk's quote above.   That's a major number of houses to buy up and bury "should the need arise" as you infer.  Not only that but the Tank location was 500ft past 23rdAve which is 250ft West of the Portal.  Twice as much distance further in addition  to what has already been dumped and after completion of the Tunnel.


http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/42271/rv/singleitem

And I wish to add that the Big5 Tunnel at the far Western end of I.S. didn't buy up all the surrounding houses but dumped the wasterock on the oppositeside of the valley all along the Clear Creek halfway to the confluence of Chicago Cr.  I pointed out the Pumphouse in the shadow of the first Tank in my earlier post.  Todd Fergusson did offer speculation, I saw no need to repeat his thoughts hence my speculation on the Virginia canyon mining, they would have needed water for their boilers until electricity arrived and I don't think for any minute the Mine drainage that you refer to would be suitable for Loco Boilers.  As for the inclusion of the Argo flooding mishap you brought to the table in counter of my supposition, that is some 35-40 years after the relocating of the tank.

In summary I reckon that Harry got this notion from his contact in Idaho Springs of a rumour that the Argo was going to bury that housing, that was probably no more than gossip from some housewife who lived in the shadow of the overpowering dump with the fear that it would soon envelope her.  How's that for thinking?  It's a pity we weren't sitting around the kitchen table together and then you would hear the emphasis and tone of my voice.  I think I've put up considerable visual clues to counter this, if you wish to provide same in support then be my guest, I've said my bit.


I need to talk again with Harry Brunk.  Rick, do you have his number? {:))
UpSideDownC
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John Schapekahm
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Chris Walker
Oh dear, John.  I can't but help wonder if you actually read my words.

John Schapekahm wrote
Chris - After your insistence on having oil burner #70 a Como regular (proven to your satisfaction by Denver shadows as I recall), I probably should have known better than to have questioned your ardent “Argo Denialism” with respect to the C&S eastside tank.
What I said there, now in bold, the key word is guessing you may refer back to original thread link if you wish.
From this thread http://c-sn3-discussion-forum.41377.n7.nabble.com/Love-me-tender-With-apologies-to-Elvis-td499i20.html
Chris Walker wrote
Feb 01, 2015; 1:27pm
Then I shouldn't show this beauty then?
http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/42584/rv/singleitem/rec/161

How far can #70 go on that tank of Oil? I'm only guessing that this a Como run.  I can't see that if #70 couldn't make Como, why she would be the road loco?  Things to ponder eh!
I can from past experience, relate a few incidents where we swapped Loco's halfway, turned and put it on the opposing train and sent it back where it came from.  I was just, just wondering, not that I said so, if that could have been the case with that picture, which to me, did not fit with leaving Denver for the Clear Creek Line.  

John Schapekahm wrote
** As an aside, you say the Newhouse Tunnel was completed by 1904? Funny, as far as I recall, the consensus is the Newhouse (Argo) Tunnel completed boring, 4.16 miles from Idaho Springs to Central City, in 1910. A quick double check seems to confirm 1910. See, e.g. Brunk, NG&SL Gazette, November/December 1982, Up Clear Creek on the Narrow Gauge, Part 17, Argo Tunnel – The Mill; see also http://historicargotours.com/our-history/. I’d be interested in your source(s) to the contrary.
From the same Nov/Dec 1982 Gazette article by Harry Brunk, here's the actual text so you can re-read it, Harry said 1904


As for the rest of your response, too many big words for me I'm afraid.

Simply put, IF what you are saying about the Tank being removed/relocated for possible future expansion of the tunnel waste rock pile then please elaborate on why this area continued to have more and more houses built there and check with googlestreetview as to how many of those still exist today?  The Street you want is Wall Street, that shows in the background of this next picture taken by the Natatorium.

Oh look, the Tank...not many houses.
 
http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/7133/rv/singleitem

Still more houses...no Tank though.
 
http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/3293/rv/singleitem

And still more houses...

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/p15330coll22/id/90657/rv/singleitem/rec/7
UpSideDownC
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Chris Walker
Chris Walker wrote
.....the first W.T. was there on the floodplain of the Clear Creek, the Colorado Central raising an embankment across the meander.  Maybe as another thought not yet put forward, the Clear Creek became angry and washed it out or undermined it?.....
Given the nature of Clear Creek, that the roadbed at the 1st W.T. location has been constructed, on a bend from fill material with no visible defence from raging highwater in the first oldest picture, not built upon bedrock then it is not unreasonable to suggest washing out or undermining of the Tank foundations.   I even found a follow on picture that includes the Tank to suggest that is not the case taken opposite the Natatorium.  Those extra houses are a clue there, if I had found that picture I wouldn't have suggested a washout, yet upstream around this time a new retaining wall appears, still could be a factor.  

Rick or Derrell:  Is there any mention of this W.T. location in the C&S inventory of 1899(?), something I've never seen to read.
 
Yet you still cling to this idea that the Newhouse Tunnel expansion is the reason the 1st W.T. dissappeared, I am just challenging that idea, given the amount of urban sprawl in those and following years, as the wasterockpile "expansion" continued.   I certainly had referred to Harry Brunk's date of around 1904 for the Tunnel completion, clearly wrote "the Mill was built between 1904 and 1910", I never thought to look in the Gilpin Era Book for anything on the Newhouse, a book that is published in 2009 vs 1982, by an Idaho Springs dwelling author vs Harry, living at the time in Nebraska.

John Schapekahm wrote
Meanwhile, back at the tank, I am ...
Just. Wow. Mind. Blown. - - - amazed those silly, silly eastside homeowners decided on remaining in their vulnerable neighborhood after your Clear Creek cataclysm wiped out the C&S water tank and sent the railroad packing, tail between its legs, to the safe and secure high ground for the site of their new west side tank site.
In my other thread postings I've included a number of clues to show that not all is as we seem it to be, and there are unknown reasons for that which will never be revealed.  Also I really have to wonder why you expand, elevate and exaggerate my suggestions into statements e.g. "Clear Creek Cataclysm"   Hmmmm.  Because of this I have noticed no-one else now dares enter this particular discussion.  

Has anyone seen a picture of a Newhouse Tunnel Crane lifting the C&S W.T.?
UpSideDownC
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