So this years challenge was Taylor made for me (pun intended). I had decided to restructure the “theme” of my outdoor railroad last year. Instead of doing a representation of the Coeur d’Alene Railway and Navigation Co. I am doing a semi fictitious sister railroad the Canyon Creek Railroad. It existed on paper to help the CR&N gain right of way up Canyon Creek to Burke Idaho. It never laid a single rail or owned a single piece of equipment. Once it was established and granted right of way it immediately leased the right of way to the CR&N who eventually “bought out” the Canyon Creek RR. And since my layout is small and I want lots of buildings and scenery I decided the entire layout will be Burke Idaho and be more of an industrial switching layout.
Fast forward to Mik 2023 and the “downtown” theme. The entire town of Burke is downtown. Its a one street town. There are several iconic (at least to me) buildings that just yell “burke”. One is the “The Burke” which was a saloon, billlard hall, and hotel. There is a great photo of it that I have seen once and no longer have my copy of it. All the rest are difficult to see it in. But this is probably the next best photo of it.
Building in the background. Foreground is the Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. (U.P.)
A simple false fronted two story building with a balcony/covered porch.
I have no illusion of creating an exact replica of this. But to capture the essence of it and begin my very crowded street section of Burke.