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gham029 Sawmill drive

Gresham, Colorado was the original post office for points west, Riverside, Raymond, Ferncliff, Allenspark and points north. The area post office apparently had gummint funds to hang lath and have a nicely plastered interior, one of the few we've seen. The post office was almost certainly decommissioned after the new road was finished up the South St.Vrain from Lyons but a later logging operation returned it to use and probably sustained some men through the depression. The log post office was papered in depression era (1933) newspaper, predominantly the Denver Post mining sections.

 

This very early truck, probably a Model A, has met its demise twice; once as a transport vehicle and again as an improvised sawmill. It probably had already made its share of shipments by the time of it's conversion. Here it still sits at Gresham, Colorado which at times was a mining center, an area post office and later as a logging operation. The frame was split and baled back together so that the drive shaft could be aligned over the top of the frame. Either the old truck lacked a fuel pump or it failed; a gravity feed system was rigged. The men who operated the old truck as a sawmill probably forgot to keep antifreeze in the cooling system. The head has what looks like a freeze crack.

 

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Taken on May 18, 2007