Miner's Cabin and Prospector


Erwin Baer Unknown 1600.0120.0005.jpg M - 120 B&W 1600-0120-0005 m120pc Photo Card Print 4x6 Historic Photographs 1894 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


Miner's Cabin "Petered Out." Miner's cabins were very rudimentary structures. They were erected and inhabited on a temporary basis. Early miners and prospectors camped and worked together under the trees until they found enough ore to justify building a more permanent structure. It was most often a long and ardous process, rewards uncertain. Building materials consisted of limited salvage and lumber, and anything of use in their immediate surroundings that could be collected and fastened together to provide simple shelter and comfort. Once the amount of ore obtained from a dig diminished, cabins were often dismanteled, packed away by burros, and then set up in another location.


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