Ghost Towns and Mines


This little cabin is a typical miner’s cabin -- about 10 x 12 feet, and probably began as a wood-framed, canvas tent. Once it was apparent that the miner would be staying long-term, siding would be applied directly over the canvas, and a proper door and windows would be added.

This cabin does have some unusual features, such as the large smokejack with the ornate clay cap; the metal awnings over the windows (apparently built over the ribs of a convertible top from a buggy or early auto); and the window cut out of the door.

In 2012 I built a 1/24th scale model of this cabin for my outdoor model railroad. The model has been featured in Garden Railways magazine and the Modeler’s Annual.

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Ione, NV -- The Miner’s Cabin