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Russell-Thorp Building, West Main Street, Saint Elmo (historical), Chaffee County, CO



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Location
West Main Street, Saint Elmo (historical), CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CO-152
Building/structure dates: 1880 initial construction
Significance: Represents the first commercial buildings erected in a Colorado Rocky Mountain mining camp of c. 1880 after the sawmill was established. Vertical planks were hastily put together to form the characteristic commercial false front, the emblem of a store in a mining camp. For St. Elmo, this is one of the earliest surviving commercial buildings. Howard Russell, publisher of the Mountaineer, was a prominent figure in the new camp. The building also illustrates the erection of commercial buildings for rental income.

Subjects
Commerce
Commercial Facilities
Log Buildings


Related Names
Russell, Howard
Givens, Mrs. Lucy Cooke
Thorp, W. H.
Vandervelde, Mrs. Matilda S.
Shinn, W. C.
Thallheimer, Arnold, Photographer
Glass, James A., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. RUSSELL-THORP BUILDING, VIEWING EAST


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