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    Big Doors

    Have you ever noticed that some of the Calif 49'er stores, shops, whatever have doors that are 8 to 10 ft tall...WHY

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  2. #2

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    Re: Big Doors

    maybe so you could ride in on a horse? do you know what the building with the big doors was for?
    Maybe it was for a stable, Hertz rent a horse?

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    Re: Big Doors

    [quote][ do you know what the building with the big doors was for?/quote]

    its not just this building if you go to almost any old town or ghost town w/buildings alot of them had at least one or more with the big doors.

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    Sep 2006
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    Re: Big Doors

    No idea... but looks like a great place to poke around!

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    Re: Big Doors

    maybe because they used high ceilings? and the tall doors helped it stay cooler during the hot weather , for better ventilation?

    since they didnt have air conditioning back in 1850, they built the ceilings and doors bigger, and keep it cooler inside , the large doors would be open during the day to keep the buildings cool inside, smaller doors would make it more stuffy and hot inside, since hot air rises, they needed higher doors and ceilings.

    another possibility, the taller doors let more light in, since the buildings didnt have lots of windows.

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    Re: Big Doors

    The iron doors were actually the security doors of the period. They protected the inner doors. Why the inner doors (and therefore the iron security doors - shutters) had to be so tall is intriguing. I don't know the answer to your question. Maybe, as Comanche Todd suggests, to allow more light in or better air circulation. Or maybe they had some really tall stuff to take in there, like shelving or something. I will be happy to learn the reason, too. I've often wondered myself, but never asked anybody.

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    Re: Big Doors

    Quote Originally Posted by littleneckhalfshell
    maybe so you could ride in on a horse? do you know what the building with the big doors was for?
    Maybe it was for a stable, Hertz rent a horse?
    This was the first idea that crossed my mind.
    When I was younger I used to pray for a new bike.  Then I learned that God doesn't work that way so I stole a bike and prayed for forgiveness.

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    Re: Big Doors

    Someone may have eluded to this.. but... They might be big for the same reasons they have big doors on buildings today... ease of moving large and bulky equipment and product through.

    If they are settling an area and have a huge item comming in, then just build the doors to facilitate that...


 

 

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