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Chinchilla Shed

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Willard George, a Hollywood furrier who owned the ranch from 1929 to the mid-1940s, had this one-story, rectangular fieldstone shed built for raising chinchillas. These small South American rodents were introduced to the United States in 1923 and raised for their fine-textured fur. Stone was well suited as a building material for this shed because it provided insulation against the desert heat. Stone may also have been used to provide protection from predators such as coyotes.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Chinchilla Shed", [Las Vegas, 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, 230-230.

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