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Custer City (ghost town) in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Arrastra

Simple but effective...

 
 
Arrastra Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Arrastra Marker
Inscription. Crushing ore played a major role in the gold refining process. Different types of crushing methods were employed and changed with the times. Arrastras used a circular floor of tightly laid blocks of stone as a grinding surface. Ore was spread thinly across this surface and then finely ground by a heavy "drag" stone, usually animal powered. Gold could then be recovered from the ground ore by adding mercury and creating an amalgam mixture. Heat was used to separate the mercury from the gold in the retorting process.
 
Location. 44° 23.271′ N, 114° 41.718′ W. Marker is in Custer City (ghost town), Idaho, in Custer County. Marker is on Custer Motorway Adventure Road - Yankee Fork Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley ID 83278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blacksmith (here, next to this marker); Stamp Mill (a few steps from this marker); General Custer Mill (a few steps from this marker); Pfeiffer Residence (a few steps from this marker); Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone House
Arrastra and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Arrastra and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Chilean Mill and Jig (within shouting distance of this marker); Custer Jail (site) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer City (ghost town).
 
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A Restored Arrastra at Groveland, CA image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. A Restored Arrastra at Groveland, CA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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