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Camptonville in Yuba County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lester Allen Pelton

 
 
Lester Allen Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
1. Lester Allen Pelton Marker
Masonic Plaque is mounted on the front of the monument.
Inscription.
On this spot in 1878
Lester Allen Pelton
Invented the Pelton Water Wheel

 
Erected 1929 by Gravel Range Lodge No.59-Free and Accepted Masons, and Wm. Bull Meek - Wm. Morris Stewart Chapter 10, E Clampus Vitus-May 4, 1974.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.12′ N, 121° 3.067′ W. Marker is in Camptonville, California, in Yuba County. Marker is on Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small town square at the entrance to the town. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15265 Cleveland Avenue, Camptonville CA 95922, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Acton Meek Cleveland (here, next to this marker); Robert Campton (here, next to this marker); William Bull Meek / ECV Redivivus-1932 (here, next to this marker); Mountain Range Lodge No. 18, F. & A. M. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Bull Meek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capt. Brown House
Lester Allen Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
2. Lester Allen Pelton Marker
The E Clampus Vitus dedication plaque is mounted on the right side of the monument.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Oregon Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 4.2 miles away); Marysville to Virginia City in 32 Hours (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camptonville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The manufacturing site of the Pelton Water Wheel in Nevada City, California.
 
Also see . . .  The Pelton Water Wheel. Lester Pelton was born in 1829 in Vermillion, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. In 1850 he joined the influx of gold seekers to California. (Submitted on January 20, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Lester Allen Pelton Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
3. Lester Allen Pelton Monument
A replica of the water wheel is mounted at the top of the monument and two buckets are displayed at the bottom.
Buckets Displayed at the Bottom of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
4. Buckets Displayed at the Bottom of the Monument
Pelton Impulse Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
5. Pelton Impulse Water Wheel
This site was designated as a
National Historic
Civil Engineering Landmark
by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1973.
Plaque is mounted on the right side of the monument.
Lester Allen Pelton Water Wheel Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
6. Lester Allen Pelton Water Wheel Monument
The monument is seen on the far left of this small town square.
Lester Allen Pelton Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 19, 2011
7. Lester Allen Pelton Monument
This view is from across Cleveland Avenue looking North. The town jail sits behind the monument.
North Star Mine, Grass Valley, Calif. image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca
8. North Star Mine, Grass Valley, Calif.
Description on postcard:
This giant Pelton wheel, 30 ft. in diameter, has been partially preserved to become part of a mining museum. Probably the world's largest Pelton wheel it was used to compress air for operation of the North Star Mine - deepest of the Grass Valley mines - which reached a vertical depth of 4000 ft.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 736 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 20, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on October 22, 2010.
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