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Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Hogarth Stamp Mill

 
 
The Hogarth Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
1. The Hogarth Stamp Mill Marker
Inscription. Common in California after 1853, the stamp mill consisted from one to five heavy pillar-like stamps whose bottom, (or shoes), were cylindrical hammers made of iron, each weighing as much as one thousand pounds. Power to operate the stamps was provided by water, steam, or electricity, conveyed by belts to a large wheel. This operated the drive shaft, equipped with machinery that raised each stamp, then released it to drop onto the ore below, crushing it where it was reduced to a size fine enough for the gold to be recovered on the tables below by various methods. These California stamp mills were built so that a single head could crush 1.5 tons of are a day. At one time there were over 300 stamps dropping 24 hours a day in Angels Camp.

While the origin of this five-stamp mill is unknown, it first appears in the public record in November of 1920 when Harry Sr., Harry, Jr., and Alvin Love Hogarth filed an affidavit of labor regarding their mining operation. In 1930 the three men were assessed for personal property that included the Relief Quartz Mine that had an "old five-stamp quartz mill and 4 h.p. (horse power) gasoline engine."

In 2009 the stamp mill was purchased by the City of Angels Camp and placed in conjunction with the original quartz mine water wheel to illustrate the consecutive flow of material through
The Hogarth Stamp Mill and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
2. The Hogarth Stamp Mill and Marker
This marker is the interpretive marker seen on the right.
the crushing stamps in order to recover the gold from the pulverized quartz ore.
 
Erected by Angels Camp Museum.
 
Location. 38° 4.58′ N, 120° 32.825′ W. Marker is in Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street/Golden Chain Highway (State Highway 49), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker and stamp mill are located on the rear display grounds of the Angels Camp Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 584 South Main Street, Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Hogarth Stamp Mill (here, next to this marker); The Hogarth Family (here, next to this marker); Water Wheel (here, next to this marker); Whim (a few steps from this marker); The Monitor (a few steps from this marker); Gold Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Just Jenny (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Angels Camp.
 
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Hogarth Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
3. Hogarth Stamp Mill
Hogarth Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
4. Hogarth Stamp Mill
The Hogarth Stamp Mill and Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
5. The Hogarth Stamp Mill and Water Wheel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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