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

Knight Scarifier – “The Scarifier that will scarify”

Knight Scarifier – “The Scarifier that will scarify” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 31, 2017
1. Knight Scarifier – “The Scarifier that will scarify” Marker
Inscription. Knight Foundry Scarifier, Patent No. US 1665277 A, was developed in 1926 and patented in 1928 by Daniel (Dan) V. Ramazzotti, owner of Knight Foundry, as an improved mechanical ripper for removing uneven surfaces and ruts from roads. With the advent of motor vehicles in the early 1900s, roads had to be improved and paved. Road building was steadily being mechanized and, and towed behind heavy tractor, the Knight Scarifier filled the need for prepping the rough road surface prior to final grading. The Knight Scarifier was widely used in the U.S. with some units being shipped as far as South America and Africa.

The introduction to the patent document reads…”This invention relates to improvements in scarifiers, my principal objects being to provide an implement of this character so constructed that the pull on the draw bar will exert a constant downward pressure on the frame of the implement and constantly on the scarifier teeth, and pulling strains will be imparted directly to the tooth block; to arrange for raising and lowering the teeth so that they may be accurately regulated and without any lost motion being had; and to mount the teeth in their supporting block so that while rigidly held in place they may be easily removed or adjusted longitudinally at anytime. Further object of the invention is to produce a simple
Knight Scarifier and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 31, 2017
2. Knight Scarifier and Marker
and inexpensive device and yet one which will be exceedingly effective for the purpose for which it was designed.”

Erected 2016 by City of Sutter Creek and Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation.
Location. 38° 23.362′ N, 120° 48.066′ W. Marker is in Sutter Creek, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Old Route 49 (Main Street) near Worley Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker and scarifier are located at the parking area for Miners' Bend Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 Old Route 49, Sutter Creek CA 95685, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miners' Bend Park (here, next to this marker); Hydroelectric Power in Amador County (a few steps from this marker); Old Eureka Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); To Remember the Men of Amador County Who Died in The World War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sutter Creek United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Provis Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cribbs Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of General John A. Sutter (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sutter Creek.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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