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

Gold Furnace

 
 
Gold Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
1. Gold Furnace Marker
Inscription. A gold furnace was commonly used to separate mercury from the gold. In gold placer mining, in which small specks and veins of gold were often found in quartz, mercury was used to separate the gold from the quartz. This bonding of the mercury and gold is known as amalgam. After processing in the mill and concentrators, the recovered amalgam of mercury and gold was heated to vaporize the mercury and recover the gold. In a small furnace like this, it would take about seven hours for the mercury to vaporize and be recovered, leaving the gold ready to pour into bricks or other forms as desired.
 
Erected by Angels Camp Museum.
 
Location. 38° 4.577′ N, 120° 32.83′ W. Marker is in Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street/Golden Chain Highway (State Highway 49). Touch for map. The marker is located on the rear display grounds of the Angels Camp Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 584 South Main Street, Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whim ( here, next to this marker); The Monitor ( here, next to this marker); Water Wheel ( here,
The Gold Furnace and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 17, 2012
2. The Gold Furnace and Marker
next to this marker); Hogarth Stamp Mill ( a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Hogarth Stamp Mill ( a few steps from this marker); The Hogarth Family ( a few steps from this marker); Just Jenny ( about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp 9 Powerhouse Pelton Wheel ( about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Angels Camp.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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