Looking for voices from the past, people that had experiences with adobe homes pre WWII. As a child, I never saw one that had wooden floors. Such flooring seems only a status thing? Also, wood made a wonderful secret hiding place for unwelcome creatures, like roaches and mice and lice. Dirt floors become compacted like concrete, and were as cheap as dirt.
Widow Garrett's house had a wooden floor when it was razed c2008. When was wood added to that house?
To install wood, 2x4 boards were set on the floor on edge at about 14" intervals. On them was nailed hard-wood tongue-groove 3" wide pre-cut flooring. As one old lady now recalls her youth: My job was to scrub that wood floor every day.
About wooden floors in adobe buildings. If you visit any of the old frontier fort sites (in Texas for example) you will find wood floors made of dimension lumber set over split or rough hewn floor... more
I used to climb all over the old Fort Davis buildings when I was a kid. That was before they rebuilt the enlisted barracks and officer housing with modern materials. A lot of the old buildings were... more
Thanks. The buildings of which I refer ... they are dirt on six sides = four walls plus one top plus one bottom ... If stucco, then that was a slurry of dirt, insie and/or out. Wood door or window... more
Hi Cal and OTC... It's sure been quiet around here recently! The headquarters of the LCs ranch near Cliff, NM was an adobe house built by Robert Craft in the early 1880s. It was a U shaped building... more
Not "you" me and my bride ... but the building shaped like a "U" and which is not the Lyons ranch in your photo where "me and my bride" stayed .... Maybe I shoud shift gears here and discuss the... more
Gilla River is two steps behind photographer. Swimming pool elevated about four feet from yard level and two bunk houses same elevation and right also out of photo. Elevation was due to natural slope ... more
Hi Cal, You are describing the Lyons lodge built in 1899 exactly where you describe it to be, and the photo in the link is the lodge. The adobe in my picture is located near Cliff and was called the... more
Sharon, This house was built by Robert Black on his 160 acre homestead, no earlier than 1870. The L&C partnership bought it from him in the time frame 1883-1886. It was owned by the LCs until the... more