Just a quick update to this thread for anyone finding it via search at a later date:
I got my CD containing all the back-issues of "Bogies and the Loop" (the DSP&P Historical Society’s journal).
The first Kokomo article appears in Vol 10, Issue 2 (which has a then-and-now photo montage of the Kokomo depot on the cover). A lot of the info in that issue has been covered in this email thread, although there is a nice 1885 picture from the Richard Ronzio collection taken from behind the school house that I hadn’t come across before. It also includes a bit more info on the two previous locations of the depot before the downtown move (so there were likely 4 locations in all), and three additional maps (the 1886 Sanborn Insurance Co one would be of particular interest to pre-1900 modellers, as it contains the downtown D&RG trackage and the footprints of most of the buildings).
Of course after publishing that issue, a bunch more stuff came to light, so they did a “Pictorial Supplement” in Vol 11, Issue 2. Again, some of the pictures have already appeared in this thread, but it also includes some real gems I hadn't seen before (including a handful of the Wilfley mill at various dates, a nice close-up of the post office in the 60’s, several of the snow sheds and trestles over the D&RG at various dates, a close-up of the hand-car shed and depot in 1942, the White Quail smelter, a close-up of the Senate Saloon, and a couple pre-fire shots of Ten-Mile Avenue).
A third reprisal was made in Vol 12, Issue 2 (titled “If it’s January, it must be Kokomo”), where it is shown that the Kokomo-Walsh smelter we’re familiar with from the DPL is in fact Breen’s Mill on the 1918 ICC maps (and on Todd’s map which appears in this thread).
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> ...causing one to wonder if the Superintendent at the time was one Mr. Breen?
Indeed, I was reading that thread. In fact, there’s a quote in the second “Bogies and the Loop” article to the same effect:
“In many cases smelters changed their names; in other cases they did not abide by the name listed in the articles of incorporation; as a result smelters were sometimes called or known by their owner’s or manager’s names, or the towns where they were located.”
(From “Colorado Smelting and Reduction Works”, by Richard A Ronzio, in “The Denver Westerners Monthly Roundup”, April 1966, Volume XXII, No. 4.)
Just to tie this in with the "Color Blind" thread, the George Diary picture (1913, depot downtown) shows the Kokomo depot in high-contrast, suggesting the grey/green colour scheme.
The mid-20's pictures (depot on the mainline) from the "Recen Collection" show a middling contrast, so they're somewhat unhelpful. Never-the-less, they look more like high contrast than low (particularly the car-body shed, which appears quite close to the colour of the snow behind it), so I'm guessing the depot was still grey/green after the move.
The post-abandonment (1939, 1940 and 1946) pictures from "Bogies and the Loop" show the depot heavily weathered, but with lighter colour on the top half of the building. If we assume the upper half would be protected by the overhanging roof, then the light colour is the paint and the darker lower half is bare wood. This would suggest the Kokomo depot never got the Q colour scheme.
Interestingly, the hand-car shed and car-body sheds are both much darker at this point, suggesting they did get the red/green.
Anyone have more info?
Addendum 26 June 2016: A friend showed me a 1939 colour photo he has, and the depot has very dark trim (presumably green). The walls have lost more and more paint the farther down you go, with the tops showing mostly grey, the middle mostly red, and the bottoms mostly bare wood. The northern boxcar shed has red trim, with tar-paper-covered walls. The rear boxcar shed and the handcar shed are not visible.