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Sutter Creek in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Knight Foundry

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
1. Knight Foundry Marker
Inscription. Knight Foundry was established in 1873 to supply heavy equipment and repair facilities to the gold mines and timber industry of the Mother Lode. Samuel N. Knight developed a high speed, cast iron water wheel which was a forerunner of the Pelton Wheel design. Knight Wheels were used in some of the first hydroelectric plants in California, Utah, and Oregon.

This site is the last water powered foundry and machine shop in California. A 42 inch Knight Wheel drives the main line shaft, with smaller water motors powering other machines.
 
Erected 1992 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Carl W. Borch and Historic Knight & Co., LTD, October 24, 1992. (Marker Number 1007.)
 
Location. 38° 23.566′ N, 120° 48.088′ W. Marker is in Sutter Creek, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Eureka Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 Eureka St., Sutter Creek CA 95685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cribbs Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Provis Park (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of General John A. Sutter
Smaller Plaque Under the Main Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
2. Smaller Plaque Under the Main Marker
Knight Foundry
Since 1873

Dedicated by
Amapola Parlor No. 80 N.D.G.W.
Amador Parlor No. 17 N.S.G.W.
November 11, 1967
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sutter Creek United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Robert Carlton Downs (about 400 feet away); William Barker Hubbell (about 400 feet away); Bellotti Inn (about 500 feet away); Levaggi Opera House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sutter Creek.
 
Also see . . .  Knight Foundry. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Knight Foundry Marker
Unlike other California State Historical Markers which are cast in bronze, this marker is cast in iron (steel?)and was done at the foundry.
    — Submitted May 14, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLandmarksNotable Buildings
 
Knight Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
3. Knight Foundry Marker
One of the Knight Foundry buildings image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
4. One of the Knight Foundry buildings
Information Posted Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
5. Information Posted Near the Marker
The only water powered foundry in the United States in continuous operation since 1873. The water wheel made by Sam Knight was used world wide. Of special design the 7 ft. one had power to run the big stamp mills in the gold mining days. The 42 in. one is used here. Heavy dredgers for the Bay City and Seattle harbors were made here and hauled by mule-team to the train depot to be shipped. Alaska and Denver are now on their customer list. Herman Nelson-skilled workman is present owner-November 1967. Placed by Amador County Historical Society.
Note: The foundry is not in operation at this time, but is in the process of being purchased and restored by the Knight Foundry Co.
Knight Foundry National Register of Historic Places marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 11, 2005
6. Knight Foundry National Register of Historic Places marker
Building displaying National Register of Historical Places marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2005
7. Building displaying National Register of Historical Places marker
Knight Foundry image. Click for full size.
Published by L.E. Lindholm, Photographer, Stockton, Ca.
8. Knight Foundry
Description on Postcard:
Knight Foundry
Sutter Creek, California
The only water powered foundry in the United States in continuous operation since 1873. The oldest metal lathe in the U.S. was made here. The water wheel made by Sam Knight was used world-wide. Harmon Nelson, skilled workman is the present owner, Nov. 1967.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,814 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on November 9, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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