Interesting that the phone line only has one arm in the panoramic shot
from 1929. I have other pix where the line has two arms in Platte Cañon
and in Como and Alma at this time. Given that Jefferson is on the main
road AND railroad, I would not think Jefferson had a branch line off the
This line was still in service in 1977 when I first visited the South Park
and was populated with an amazing collection of insulators, going all the
way back to the 1880's.
Note also that the telephone pole in front of the store moves. In the late 1800s and early 1900s shots (first two) it is between the main platform and the lower platform, while in the 1926 shot (third one) it is at the end of the lower platform.
I was about to conclude that there was likely no loading dock in the back, predicated mainly on the assumption that a general store would be using LCL freight which would come in on front end revenue cars...
... when I found this:
Fairplay Flume, March 27 1908
So while we don't know how often the store received carload freight, clearly it did happen.
Yes, for sure there was a loading dock at the rear. It appears in the side view photo how large this structure was, and it appears to back right up near the track.
This was a large business (for Jefferson), and the article about the sale indicates three components, the Store, the Warehouse, and the Residence.
The Warehouse would likely be the addition to the Western side, with the residence being the part with the sloped roof to the East. This business would have dealt in wire, fencing materials, and barrels of various commodities including feed, along with all of the countless stores and other items common to a General Store of the time. There most likely was a sliding windowless door at the rear of the warehouse, and almost certainly would have also been a smaller windowless sliding door at the rear of the store itself. The warehouse would have received heavy bulk items. Other smaller goods would have been received into a store room at the rear of the store, where merchandise would have been checked in, then stocked and stored.
This was a pretty big operation. From the front, it looks like a pretty diminutive building, but from the side it was very substantial. The door on the left side at the front of the warehouse would have been used to load freight on to wagons or small trucks backed up at the front dock. Most likely there would have been a provision at the rear to load larger and heavier freight off the rear dock.
And these two drawings are how I'm going to build it. I've made a few changes to trim size, etc. to ease construction, and created an entirely conjectural rear elevation (as I've never found any pictures of it):
My local supplier is out of the Chocolate Brown I want to use for the trim, so I spent some time figuring out how to do the false front.
The standard kit method of a couple of sequentially larger boards laid on top of the wall looks wrong to me because there's no drip rail. This is what I came up with, which should only be marginally harder to build: