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Chinchilla Shed

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1929–1935

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.

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Julie Nicoletta
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Julie Nicoletta, "Chinchilla Shed", [Las Vegas, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/NV-01-SO33.2.

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Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 230-230.

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