The photo depicts the home of William Horn and his wife Amelia (nickname Bridget, maiden name Keenan) located in the mining town of St. Louis, Sierra County, California. The year is somewhere around 1890. The town was located near the top of a mountain which would quickly accumulate significant amounts of snow during winter storms.
This mystery concerns those angled wooden reinforcement poles extending from the roof to the ground. I have received two different opinions regarding their purpose.
- The poles reinforce the roof in regards to a snow buildup and help the overall structure withstand strong winds.
- Canvas or boards lashed to lower part of the poles prevent snow drifts from building up against a wall and pushing it in.
Submitted and posted by Richard Hanson