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Altaville in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Altaville Foundry & Machine Works

Founded by J.M. Wooster

 

—Est. 1854 —

 
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By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
1. Altaville Foundry & Machine Works Marker
Inscription. Is the site of the longest running continuously operated foundry west of the Mississippi River. All quartz machinery needed for the numerous mines surrounding the Altaville, Angels Camp area was cast here. It was previously known as Altaville Foundry and Machine Works, Calavaras Iron & Steel Co., and lastly California Electric Steel Co. Previous owners: D.D. Demarest & T.H. Fullen, 1860, Lawrence Monte Verde & Demarest Family 1892, Lawrence Monte Verde Family 1928.
 
Erected 1995 by Princess Parlor No.84, N.D.G.W., Angels Town Center, May 27, 1995. (Marker Number 288.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 4.775′ N, 120° 33.308′ W. Marker is in Altaville, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is located at the eastern edge of the parking lot, next to Highway 49. Marker is in this post office area: Altaville CA 95221, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prince-Garibardi Building ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Giovanni Lavagnino ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Altaville Grammar School
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By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
2. Altaville Foundry & Machine Works Marker and Ruins
( approx. half a mile away); Gold Furnace ( approx. half a mile away); Whim ( approx. half a mile away); The Monitor ( approx. half a mile away); Water Wheel ( approx. half a mile away); Hogarth Stamp Mill ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altaville.
 
Regarding Altaville Foundry & Machine Works. The Town of Altaville has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.288 (There is no marker for the town itself)

See nearby markers for additional information on Altaville
 
Also see . . .
1. Altaville. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Altaville - Town History. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Biography of the Demarest Family
David Durie Demarest (1824-190?) of New Jersey, came overland to California via Galveston, El Paso and Yuma with two friends, Dr. William Jones and George Griffith (1849). The three soon settled at
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By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
3. Altaville Foundry & Machine Works Ruins
Altaville in Calaveras County, where they established the Union Water Co. (1852). This organization created, under the supervision of engineer, George Griffith, a dam fifteen miles above Calaveras Big Trees on the Stanislaus River and diverted water thence by flume some twenty miles to Murphys, Angels Camp and Altaville. The Company sold water for irrigation as well as for mining. Having thus helped create a comfortable living for himself, Demarest returned to New Jersey (1856) and induced his brothers, Cornelius Blauvelt (1836-1911) and Abraham Demarest, to return with him to California. Although Cornelius remained here only eight years before returning east, he later penned a memoir (c1910) which is one of our principal sources of information about Demarest family enterprises during the Gold Rush era (Las Calaveras, 1976-1977). Cornelius Demarest took over the Altaville Iron Works from 1861 until his return East. At that time, David D. Demarest assumed control of the foundry, renaming it the Angels Iron Works and operating it in partnership with Thomas H. Fullen, then with his son Clarence and Lawrence Monte Verda, throughout the rest of the 19th century. D.C. Demarest later maintained that Angels Iron Works built more stamp mills than any other company in the state. Angels also supplied mines in the Klondike and in Mexico. The Central Pacific Railroad established a branch line
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By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
4. Altaville Foundry & Machine Works Ruins
to Milton (1871) largely to facilitate shipment of mining machinery from Altaville to these distant locations.
Source: The Online Archive of California – Demarest Family Collection
    — Submitted October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,897 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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