December 14, 2011

The Roof Yields a Clue

Posted in Roof tagged , , , , , , at 12:40 pm by stonebankblog

The Stone Bank has been rather obtuse as we try to find its history. Available records are vague, pictures are rare and there is no cornerstone to tell us exactly when it was built. (Sometime before 1900.)

But our general contractor Fred Kainz found a clue in the rafters as he was dismantling a section of the roof.

It involves a flap of roofing tar paper and a row of 2×4’s at almost exactly the spot where the back of the building has begun to sink.

This is also where the nice stone foundation ends and the dugout part of the basement begins. Hmmm. This must be where an extension of the building was tacked on. Or stoned on.

Here’s a video of Fred describing the change in the roof.

November 10, 2011

Stone Bank mystery

Posted in History tagged , , at 11:45 am by stonebankblog

Well, well, well. Look what turned up in the basement at the Stone Bank – Bottineau. Why did all these sinks end up down there?

Four of the six sinks we found in the Stone Bank basement. Why so many?

Hmmm. What do you think? I’ll post the solution later today.

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