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Barrel house, Tonopah, Nevada

One of the first houses in the silver mining boom town of Tonopah, Nevada, was this shack made of barrels. Building in such towns were often build from whatever materials were cheaply and readily available. A similar building was later constructed at Knott's Berry Farm.

 

Image collected for reference by artist Paul Von Klieben, who designed much of Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm and the rebuilt mining boom town of Calico in San Bernardino County. From the Knott's Berry Farm Collection at the Orange County Archives.

 

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Uploaded on January 26, 2015