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1900s. South side of Burro Ave. just before Buckboard Dr.
  • Dugout (Bret Morgan)

Like tents, dugouts served as dwellings during the first stages of the mining boom. They could generally be built of local materials and required relatively little effort, as a hillside provided most of the structural support. In this typical example, two rough stone buttresses support the front of the gable roof. Side walls of horizontal wood boards are built into the hillside to support the rear of the roof. A narrow door between the buttresses and a small side window provide the only light into the interior. Corrugated metal sheets cover the roof. This dugout is in good condition and has probably been used fairly recently.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Dugout", [Tonopah, 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, 193-193.

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