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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Just Jenny

 
 
Just Jenny Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, December 24, 2016
1. Just Jenny Marker
Inscription. This steam traction engine was built by Owens, Lane, Dyer & Co. of Hamilton Ohio most likely in the 1870s. Its particular gear drive mechanism, along with the incline cylinder distinguish it as an O.L.D. & Co. machine.
According to the story, this steam-powered tractor first saw service in the mines near Placerville. It was later purchased by N.A. and J.E. McKay for use in their logging and sawmill operation on Love Creek near Avery. When the noisy engine was driven on the long road from Placerville to its new home, it made its presence known everywhere it went. An attempt to sneak the engine through Murphys under the cover of darkness was to no avail, as almost the entire town was awakened to witness its arrival.
In order to meet the requirements of its new owners and run on rails, Jenny was fitted with new railroad wheels in front and the rear wheels were altered. All the castings for this retrofit were produced by D.D. Demarest at the Altaville Foundry. Jenny provided service until retirement in 1904.
 
Erected by Angels Camp Museum, sponsored by Native Sons of the Golden West in memory of esteemed member Millard Smallin.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location.
The Jenny Traction Engine and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, December 24, 2016
2. The Jenny Traction Engine and Marker
The Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel and marker are on the left of the photo.
38° 4.531′ N, 120° 32.755′ W. Marker is in Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on South Main Street (California Route 49). Touch for map. This marker and the exhibit are inside the horseshoe driveway of the museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 753 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. Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel (here, next to this marker); Bells (a few steps from this marker); Signal Cannon/Utica Mine Ore Car/Arrastra Model (a few steps from this marker); Serpentine Drill Core Section (a few steps from this marker); Stalactite/Stalagmite (a few steps from this marker); Ol' Beth (a few steps from this marker); Hogarth Stamp Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Hogarth Stamp Mill (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Angels Camp.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Just Jenny image. Click for full size.
By James King, December 24, 2016
3. Just Jenny
Jenny image. Click for full size.
By James King, December 24, 2016
4. Jenny
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 170 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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