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Mill finds home back in Nevada City

The Union staff

Six months ago, Mike Nevius, a 30-year resident of Nevada City who is an avid mining equipment collector and a past president of the Nevada City Parlor of the Native Sons, contacted Gary Cope of Auburn about the availability of a complete stamp mill manufactured in Nevada City.

The mill, a historical piece of gold mining equipment manufactured by the Miners’ Foundry in Nevada City in 1904, has 10 stamps, two ore feeders and a rock crusher. The large wooden beams are the original wood from when Cope rescued the stamp mill from a mine that had been closed for many years.

Nevius asked the membership of the local Nevada City Parlor to purchase the stamp mill and install it in Nevada City. Cope and his wife JoAnn sold the stamp mill at a large discount, because they said it was important that the stamp mill be located in Nevada City, where it was built.

The Native Sons and Nevada City agreed to install the stamp mill in the city parking lot at 412 Commercial Street and also have also created a scene reminiscent of an early day mine.

Robinson Trucking and Paving in Auburn and Robinson Timber in Nevada City helped the Native Sons move the 30,000-pound stamp mill. The members of the Native Sons cleaned up and installed the stamp mill, with Tintle Construction volunteering a crane to finish the installation this week.

On March 12, the Native Sons of California are having a gathering in Nevada City for their annual “49er weekend,” and the stamp mill will be dedicated with a brass plaque.

The Native Sons of California is a charitable organization with a passion to preserve California History. The Nevada City Parlor of the Native Sons was established in 1885 and known as “Hydraulic Parlor 56.” The Native Sons are always looking for mining equipment and other California historical items for public display and for cash contributions to replenish the money spent to purchase this stamp mill.

Please contact Nevius, chairman of the Historical Committee, at 265-2592, regarding any contributions of historical artifacts or money, and questions regarding membership.

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