Shotgun House (B)
4Ground 28mm Chicago Way Scenery
This 4Ground 28mm The Chicago Way Shotgun House (B) scenery set contains one (1) Pre-Painted The Chicago Way Shotgun House (B) terrain piece. Miniatures are shown for refernce and are not included.
There are many possible reasons why these dwellings were coined ‘Shotgun’! Some say they are called this because you can shoot a gun right through the dwelling, as all the external and internal doors are directly aligned; others say it is a term coined just after the civil war denoting homes made from old ammunition boxes.
These dwellings were, in effect ‘Checklist Housing’ - almost all are a standard lumber milled length of 12ft wide approx. and literally all were made from pre-cut checklist components. Once all components were ticked off the list the carpenters knew there was just sufficient to construct a single dwelling.
A very interesting possibility is the term ‘Shotgun’ derives originally from a mis-understanding of an accented ‘Américain Français’. In English a ‘Checklist’ in the C19th would probably have been termed a ‘tick-list’, with the influence of French on American English speakers tick became check and in French ‘cocher une case’ as a ‘checkbox’ on a ‘checklist’. So just possibly ‘cocher une shack’ (a checklist house) was misunderstood/misheard as ‘Shotgun Shack’!
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