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Downieville in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Downieville Foundry

 
 
Downieville Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
1. Downieville Foundry Marker
Inscription. Built in 1855 by Soloman Purdy of timbers mortised and fastened with wooden pegs. The “coke” and pig iron used was shipped “Around the Horn” to San Francisco then by pack train to Downieville at a cost of $40.00 per ton. The foundry operated at full capacity for many years furnishing tools and machinery to the local mines, including most of the machinery for the 40-stamp Sierra Buttes Mill. In 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad completion allowed for cheaper goods, leading to gradual decline. In 1910 owner Converse York installed a dam, race way and generator across the road, furnishing electric power to the town. In 1995 a nonprofit corporation of local citizens led by Len Kinzler purchased the structure to preserve and serve as a museum.
 
Erected 2005 by Major William Downie Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.681′ N, 120° 49.517′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker is on Pearl Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Pearl Street, Downieville CA 95936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Downieville Foundry and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
2. Downieville Foundry and Marker
The marker is mounted on the far right.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downieville Brewery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arrastra (about 600 feet away); Downieville Museum (about 600 feet away); Major William Downie Cabin Site (about 700 feet away); Downieville (about 700 feet away); Mackerman & Company Building (about 800 feet away); St. Charles Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Downieville.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Downieville Foundry image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
3. Downieville Foundry
The Foundry is open for tours by appointment only.
Downieville Foundry Model image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
4. Downieville Foundry Model
This model of the foundry is on display at the Downieville Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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