60 Cubic Yards of Trash

Now that the second 30 yard tip is full, the back yard is looking better. Here are some before and after shots.

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All that work, however, was not without its rewards. Each rake full of debris pulled up more clues to the past. There was plenty of new trash to throw one off the scent but hidden in the dust were artifacts that spurred curiosity.


There were other signs of the past as well. Here we have a row of foundation stones from a long lost outbuilding. Since this is just a straight row of stones with no corners, I suspect that there is another row of stones running parallel to it. Wood timbers would have been set on top of these with floor joists strung across them.

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Author: Glenn

I'm a 5' 8" tall ape descendant with an interior design degree and a love for antiques and vintage architecture. I recently escaped from the IT world to follow my dreams and a beautiful damsel who shares my love of old buildings no matter how much dust is involved.

9 thoughts on “60 Cubic Yards of Trash”

  1. I love seeing the old pictures! How exciting for you guys to be able to do this.
    Am looking forward to seeing more pics of the renovation.

  2. So pleased of your progress and dream! Will be watching your progeess, cheering you on ever step of the way.

  3. Hey there! I’m a reporter with Channel 8 in Reno and I would love to do a story on this project! I couldn’t find your contact information anywhere, so I’m leaving a comment here. Please contact me at sydnee.scofield@kolotv.com if you get the chance. Thank you so much!

  4. Hi, I photographed this property several years ago when it was first listed for sale I believe. If you would like copies please let me know and I will track them down. Very cool that you are doing this, I love history. Did you figure out what the little building shell on the N.W. rear of the building was for? There was no roof on it when I was there and had not been for some time.

    1. I think the building shell you’re referring to would be the stone pony express building. As for the photos, we would love to have copies of anything that gives us clues to the past history of the Union even if it’s only recent history.

  5. Fantastic start on restoring that old gem into shape! If at all possible, I would be honored to help you recover buried artifacts before you start landscaping. I would not expect anything in return, only the excitement of pulling lost history from the earth. I am a local metal detectorist and I specialize in coins and antique trash..lol

  6. Hi Mike:
    I’ve already started with a sifting table and found a few old items but nothing of any value. Right now, the yard has too many nails and modern debris to allow decent metal detecting. BTW, I’ve seen Odeon tokens but not a Union token. Do you know if a Union token exists?

    1. I searched tokencatalog.com and couldn’t find any info for a Union hotel token. If one does exist, I’m sure it would be extremely rare! Whenever you are ready for a buried treasure hunt, feel free to give me a call 775-232-7697 I’m usually available friday-sunday.
      Thanks, Mike

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