How a Stamp Mill Works
Typically, mills were powered by steam engines. As the driveshaft turned, the cams rotated, lifting and then dropping the stamps at a rate of 90 times per minute onto the gold ore below. Each stamp weighed about 800 pounds.
Water was added to the battery box in which ore was being crushed. The splashing action created by the falling stamps threw bits of sand and gold against a screen along the front of the box. Larger bits bounced back into the box to be re-crushed, while the smaller particles passed through the screen and were washed down copper tables coated with mercury. The mercury would “capture” and hold the gold, while the lighter sand passed over the dense mercury film to be discarded as waste.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 42° 28.307′ N, 108°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crushing Gold Ore (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Masonic Lodge in Wyoming (approx. half a mile away); South Pass City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. ¾ mile away); South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (approx. 0.8 miles away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 1½ miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Pass City.
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