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Evans-Whittenberger Fire Wall & Savard Building, South side, East Main Street, Saint Elmo (historical), Chaffee County, CO



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HB232635
Evans-whittenberger Fire Wall And Savard Building, Viewing Southeast

HB232636
Evans-whitteberger Fire Wall And Savard Building, Viewing Northwest


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Location
East Main Street, Saint%252525252BElmo%252525252B%252525252528historical%252525252529, CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CO-142
Building/structure dates: 1881 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1900 subsequent work
Significance: The presence of the Evans-Whittenberger Fire Wall serves as a reminder of the constant fear of fire under which the Rocky Mountain mining camps lived. The buildings were mostly of dry pine or juniper cut from abundant surrounding forests. In St. Elmo history, Whittenberger's stone wall is credited with saving the western part of town. Little of the 1880's boom south Chalk Creek would remain otherwise.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Commerce
Fires


Related Names
Evans, R. W.
Whittenberger, John M.
Raymond, W. S.
Savard, Peter
Evans, Griffith
St. Elmo Land & Improvement Company
Thallheimer, Arnold, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. EVANS-WHITTENBERGER FIRE WALL AND SAVARD BUILDING, VIEWING SOUTHEAST
2. EVANS-WHITTEBERGER FIRE WALL AND SAVARD BUILDING, VIEWING NORTHWEST


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