The Everett & Monte Cristo Ry in my basement is a prototype of a shortline constructed in 1893 from the City of Everett to 55 miles east to Monte Cristo for the purpose of removing gold from the Cascade Mountains. This shortline was underwritten by John D. Rockefeller. It was standard gauge that connected to the Northern Pacific in Hartford, WA. The line also provided a route to transport the large trees in the Cascade Mountains for the construction of buildings and structures along the west coast. Most of the buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt or extensively kitbashed - from the 10-hammer stamp mill in Monte Cristo to the smelter in Everett.