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Railroad Tie Sheds

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c. 1900. NV 227, just west of the Presbyterian Church and NV 227 at the bend in the road
  • Railroad Tie Sheds (Bret Morgan)

The two railroad tie sheds in Lamoille are typical of the genre. Relatively small, simple structures, they utilize ties as if they were logs, interlocked at the corners with abutting ends. Both have gable roofs covered with corrugated metal and pairs of doors facing the road. Salvaged ties became a popular building material, often the only ready source of lumber. When the Central Pacific began repairing its tracks in the 1890s, thousands of ties became available for reuse in a variety of buildings, from sheds and garages to cabins. In areas such as mining towns, which tended to be more prosperous, tie cabins were rare.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Railroad Tie Sheds", [Spring Creek, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 159-159.

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