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

Whim

 
 
Whim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
1. Whim Marker
Inscription. When mine shafts became to deep, a whim was needed to recover the ore in buckets. Joshua Hendy developed the Davis Horse-Power Hoisting Whim, exhibited here. The whim was a large drum made from wood in the early years, and later metal, with a cable running over pulleys and down the shaft, with a bucket at the end. A horse or mule would be tethered to a long pole attached to the whim and it would walk around in circles making the drum revolve; as this happened, the ore bucket would be raised to the surface.

This whim, patented in 1888, was built entirely of iron and steel, mounted on a heavy base plate, so that it was net effected by cold or heat. Both hoisting and lowering was regulated by one lever; the operation so simple that it could be handled by any inexperienced person. This whim is from the Eagle Mine in Copperopolis.
 
Erected by Angels Camp Museum.
 
Location. 38° 4.576′ N, 120° 32.828′ 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 is located on the rear display grounds of the Angels Camp Museum. Marker is at or near
The Whim and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
2. The Whim and Marker
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. The Monitor (here, next to this marker); Gold Furnace (here, next to this marker); Water Wheel (here, next to this marker); Hogarth Stamp Mill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Hogarth Stamp Mill (a few steps from this marker); The Hogarth Family (a few steps from this marker); Lightner Mine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Our Vietnam Era Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Angels Camp.
 
Whim image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
3. Whim
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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