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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Stamp Mill

 
 
The Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
1. The Stamp Mill Marker
Inscription. Local residents remember that the thunderous crashing staccato of the ore stamp mill could be heard for miles in the narrow canyon. The song of the stamps had been a familiar sound in this area for since George Cozens erected the first mill here in the 1890’s for the Silver Pine Mine. Operated as the Schiff Mill through the 1920’s, it was completely rebuilt by Horace P. Moulton in the mid-1930’s and opened up for local and regional use.

Stamp mills were located near mines so that the ore could be easily transported and crushed into powder, which was then washed or combined with mercury to extract the gold. Consignments from a few tons to hundreds of tons were usually processed here.
 
Erected by Gold Bug Park and Town of Placerville.
 
Location. 38° 44.687′ N, 120° 48.013′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Josua Hendy Lane north of Gold Bug Lane. Click for map. The marker is located on the path to the entrance to the stamp mill building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park (about 600 feet away, measured
The Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
2. The Stamp Mill Marker
The upper portion of the stamp mill building is visible in the background. The upper portion now houses the blacksmith shop.
in a direct line); Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine (about 700 feet away); Placerville (approx. one mile away); Bee-Bennett House (approx. one mile away); Joseph M. Staples (approx. one mile away); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (approx. one mile away); Thomas Maul (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Placerville (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Also see . . .  The Joseph Hendy Stamp Mill at Gold Bug Park. The original Stamp Mill was built around the turn of the century as a community crusher for miners in the area. Rebuilt in the 1930's, the two sets of 4 stamps, when in full operation, could be heard in Placerville just one mile away. (Submitted on October 31, 2013.) 
 
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The Stamp Mill Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
3. The Stamp Mill Building
Stamp Mill Replica image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
4. Stamp Mill Replica
This scale model of the original stamp mill is used to demonstrate a working stamp mill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 103 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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