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Hendy Stamp Mill / Hendy's “California” Stamp Mill

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
1. Hendy Stamp Mill Marker
Inscription.
Hendy Stamp Mill
During the California Gold Rush, Hendy Iron Works built mining and stamp mill machinery exclusively. They supplied mining operations around the world with 5-stamp mills that could operate as a single unit or as multiple units of up to 100 stamps, with 20 – 40 stamps as the most common installation.

Following the 1906 Earthquake, John Hendy moved the iron works from San Francisco to Sunnyvale, lured here by the offer of free land, and was operational in 1907. Hendy Iron Works was the first heavy industry in Sunnyvale and was Santa Clara Valley’s largest manufacturing concern at that time.

This Hendy “California” stamp mill represented the finest machine technology available in the early nineteen hundreds. This type of gravity stamp mill was one of the most important factors in the extraction of gold, silver and copper ores, from hard rock mines.

The stamp battery was activated by rotating the pulley wheel, made of a dried California Yellow Pine, which turned the camshaft and cams, made of “Adamantine” chrome steel, at 50 to 55 RPMS. The cams raised the 1,000 lb. stamps to a pre-set height. Then the stamps would fall, pulverizing the gold ore between the stamp heads and the mortar dies. The pulverized ore was sifted by a special screen
Hendy Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
2. Hendy Stamp Mill Marker
Looking west, this marker is located to the left of the stamp mill.
placed across the front of the mortar so the precious metal could be retrieved. It could take as much as 50 tons of ore-bearing rock to recover as little as 2 ½ ounces of gold.

“The reputation and superiority of ‘Hendy’ mortars is based on experience, design and quality, to the interested engineer, investor or miner. This results in the best gravity stamp battery units of five stamps and over.”

Source: Henry Iron Works Catalog – July, 1911.

Hendy’s “California” Stamp Mill
This 5-stamp mill was built by Joshua Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale around the year 1918. Frederick W. Peterson purchased the mill in 1919 and began stamping out a family fortune at his gold mine in Pine Grove, California.

In 1986 the mill was purchased by the Iron Man Museum of Sunnyvale from Frederick’s great-grandson, Eric.

The restoration and installation of this mill was completed in April of 1996 through the efforts of the Iron Man Museum, the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association, Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 – E Clampus Vitus and many members of the Community.

Dedicated May 11, 1996
A gift to the City of Sunnyvale and its citizens

 
Erected 1996 by Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 E Clampus Vitus,
Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
3. Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 22.886′ N, 122° 1.619′ W. Marker is in Sunnyvale, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Sunnyvale Avenue near East California Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the northwest corner of the Martin Murphy Historic Park. Parking is available via E. California Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 North Sunnyvale Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94086, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Martin Murphy, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (about 300 feet away); F.E. Cornell’s Country Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shenandoah Plaza (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Witness Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Mountain View Train Depot (approx. 3 miles away); Battle of Santa Clara (approx. 3.6 miles away); Shakey: The World's First Mobile Intelligent Robot, 1972 (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunnyvale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Joshua Hendy Iron Works. The history of the company transcribed from History of Santa Clara County, California, page 818. Published
Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
4. Hendy's "California" Stamp Mill Marker
Looking west, this marker is located to the right of the stamp mill.
by Historic Record Co. – 1918 (Submitted on April 30, 2010.) 

2. A Sunnyvale Public Library Blog-Cast. A presentation by Paul Krug, President of the Iron Man Museum in Sunnyvale on the Hendy Iron Works. (Submitted on April 30, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Plaque Mounted on the Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
5. Plaque Mounted on the Stamp Mill
Joshua Hendy Iron Works
Manufacturers
Sunnyvale, Cal.
Hendy Stamp Mill Manufactured circa 1918
Refurbished by the Iron Man Museum
February 1996
Eusibio Aribas • Jerry Morris • Lou Tambini • Tom Hashimoto • John Plaza • Lou Spincich • John Tullis
Hendy Stamp Mill and Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
6. Hendy Stamp Mill and Markers
Hendy Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
7. Hendy Stamp Mill
Showing the pulley wheel
Rear View of the Stamp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
8. Rear View of the Stamp Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,084 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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