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Okay, so this isn't like the fancy blogs with all the bells and whistles, but we're going to try to log some of what we've been up to, so maybe it qualifies.

Previous Posts:
Metal Detecting - Oct 17, 2007

Newest Post:

Our New Building! Sept 12, 2008

That's right, Black Cat Mining has a new location at 285 Moore Street in Harrisburg, Oregon! We're knee deep in renovations and hope to open the store side in the next month or so, but a few brave souls have ignored the swirling sawdust and dropped by to pick up some much needed equipment. Just call ahead, so I'm not out on a lumber run...

Here are a few before pictures of the new place:

Taken back in January when we first submitted our offer

The building was originally a creamery built in 1930 and sits in Harrisburg's historic district, though Moore street itself isn't the most picturesque part of town. Still, the Willamette River is only a block and a half away and it's really easy to get to from either 99E (turn west and go a half a block) or from I-5 (exit 209 to Harrisburg and left at the light to Moore St), so the location has it's perks. Too bad the Willamette isn't loaded with big gold...

Before pic of showroom

The right wall in the pic is the original exterior of the creamery. We're hoping to bring back the ship-lap siding on the facade. The stained carpet is now gone and the back wall has been moved back another 14' to give us more room for product displays.

Before pic of warehouse

We bought the forklift too, a 1971 Hyster. It's come in very handy and makes a huge difference from how I used to move inventory and receive shipments... The opening at left was an 18' span that was barely supported. In later pics you'll see 2 x 6 framing in most of the span.

Soon-to-be-replaced warehouse door

It may be hard to tell from the photo, but part of the wall looks to have been done in by a wayward forklift or delivery truck, and the door framing is cobbled together at best. Where's the header...? Time for a new door, framed in properly.

And the work begins...

That's a pallet full of newsprint at left and a big box of 3" dredges top center.

Umm, where's all that light coming from...?

The first major job to the renovations was replacing the roof. Here you can see some of the framing work in the showroom with light coming through the missing roof.

Out with the old

The old roof certainly didn't give up without a fight.

The lines get a little wavy in the distance

It looked so much bigger before...

Starting to organize the warehouse

Did I mention that we've been working out of here throughout? You can still see tools and open framing, but things are also starting to come together. We have more shelves on the way, and once the inspections are done we can get the drywall hung. That's bound to be dusty...

That's it for now. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I'll post more as things come together.


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