HO scale Quartz Hill Mine
as modeled by Joe Crea
(be sure to scroll all the way down!)
N scale Quartz Hill Mine
optional metal version (above) - can also be built w/o metal siding. Both building versions are included in the kit!
◊ Details include: Interior etched floor boards,
interior structure, one piece removable roof,
plank siding that is engraved on the exterior
wall surfaces, full head frame with moving
parts, foundation parts, boiler room doors,
windows and doors that can be positioned
open or closed and include laser-cut glazing,
and an attached boiler room and forge shed!
◊ Our trademark EASY to follow FULLY
Illustrated step-by-step instructions make
◊ Precision Laser cut wood construction.
◊ Includes our paper corrugated roofing
material and tar paper roofing.
N = 2.8” x 3.9”
HO = 5.3" x 7.3"
S = 7.2” x 9.3”
O = 9.6” x 12.4”
◊ Based on measurements by
Keith Pashina and Joe Crea.
◊ With all of kits, we include some way
for you to customize our structures right
out of the box.
◊ This allows you to add you own personal
touch to fit your layout. See “The Design”
section below for some of the included
The Quartz Hill Mine was one of the few remaining gold mine structures in the Central City – Black Hawk area of Gilpin County, Colorado. The historic region has a rich history of gold mining and railroads. Gold mining began here in the 1860s, and Gilpin County was one of the earliest and most productive districts in the state. Later, as the mining industry expanded, the Colorado Central (later the Colorado and Southern) and Gilpin Tramway railroads served this area.
At the heart of the mining districts was Quartz Hill, where this mine sat high atop the mountainside. This mine building is typical of the mines built about 100 years ago - metal siding on wood-framed walls, a peaked roof, and enclosed shaft structure.
The cold, wintry mountain site dictated that the mine be fully enclosed. This compact structure includes the hoist and shaft structure, as well as the attached boiler room and blacksmith shop (for sharpening drill bits). Although small, this mine had a productive history, as there is a large waste dump surrounding its remains. During the winter of 2004-2005, age, weathering, and deterioration took its toll, and this structure is no more.
Wild West Scale Model Builders has reproduced this mine, as measured by Joe Crea, and researched by Joe Crea and Keith Pashina.
More information about this mine can be found in the March/April issue of the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette.
For actual pictures of this structure, visit our Quartz Hill Mine gallery page
History: (by Keith Pashina)
Front view: N scale Quartz Hill Mine
We have included many options for this kit. This mine can be built with the wood siding exposed. Boards are engraved on the exterior walls. A second option is to build the mine covered with our “metal” siding, as shown.
We have included the foundation pieces for the compressor and hoist.
Not going to detail the inside?
Use the head frame and combine it with one of our other structures –Zeke’s Cabin or Tommy Knocker Cabins– to create another type of mining structure.
Quartz Hill Mine
All of our mines include prototype laser cut mine head frames. They are designed for easy assembly!