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 Posted: Thu Dec 13th, 2012 05:42 am
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Location: Oregon USA
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Hi folks,
I've been thinking I needed to build a stamp mill (I've got a place in mind). I've been a big fan of the Standard Mill in Bodie since I first saw it in the mid-60s. I've gathered up a few pictures, and I was thinking about trying to do some drawings that I could use as plans for a model. Well, there's just enough complexity in that structure (or more properly, collection of structures) that it became clear to me that doing the drawings would be a non-trivial task (especially without any fixed dimensions).

It was Google to the rescue. I found out that a survey of the mill was done in 2000 by the Historical American Engineering Record and the results (detailed, scale drawings of both the interior and exterior) are posted on the Library of Congress web site.

According to the Library, "(t)he Standard mill is significant as an intact example of the "model California stamp mill" that developed from the flowering of nineteenth-century developments in mining and milling technologies in the wake of the California gold rush. The building represents the standard form of the California stamp mill, and it houses the full array of equipment that exemplified stamp-milling practice at the turn of the twentieth century."

Here's another link that also contains the set of photos and field notes from the survey:

Here's a photo of the mill so you can see what I'm talking about:

If anyone builds something from these drawings you can post a photo here.

Dennis aka JawboneFlats

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 Posted: Thu Dec 13th, 2012 02:04 pm
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Location: South Shore, Halifax, Massachusetts USA
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Bodie is one of those towns we discovered somewhat by chance a few years back.
On a trip to Lake Tahoe, we asked at the Nevada RR museum in Carson city about a good 'ghost town' to visit and were directed there.
This is a real gem of a place and I have many photos of our visit.   The HABS/HAER in the LofC had numerous photos and drawings of the buildings and homes there.
If you're ever near there, make the visit a priority.

Dave Mason
D&G RR (Dunstead & Granford) in On30
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 Posted: Thu Dec 13th, 2012 02:20 pm
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Herb Kephart

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Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania USA
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One of the few things that the government funded that was worthwhile--which I suppose will end with the current monetary crunch-- was the HABR.

They did an excellent job overall, however take a look at the "frenier pump" drawing, and see if you can spot an error. I couldn't blow up the text enough for it to get it readable (due to resolution), but I think that they indicate the belt going the wrong way.

Certainly made building a model of the mill a lot easier.


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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2012 03:15 am
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Location: Wernersville, Pennsylvania USA
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Without getting into a political diatribe...

The HABS/HAER is a very good resource. I suggest you spend some time there and download everything you think is interesting. Digital storage is cheap, and they have lots of great photos and drawings.

If by prototype, you mean the first time I built something, then yes, it is prototypical.

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