This is one of my favorite...

This is one of my favorite photos. This is the mining equipment left behind on Rinker's south slopes. This thing looks like a cannon doesn't it? of course it's not but it just looks one. Who knows what this thing was used for. Let me know if you have any idea.


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Tom Kenney

Tom Kenney - Nov 13, 2003 6:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Steam engine?

Judging from the debris surrounding, this was probably a steam engine used to drive a stamp mill. I'm guessing that the wood debris is what remains of the mill house.

Nice shot!


Kane - Nov 13, 2003 6:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Steam engine?

Tom, what exactly is a stamp mill? Thanks

Tom Kenney

Tom Kenney - Nov 13, 2003 6:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Steam engine?

It's a contraption for crushing ore into something that can be easily smelted. Think of an engine with pistons - there's a crank, connecting rods, and pistons. The stamp mill is an inverted crank with 'pistons' (hammers). The hammers crush the ore, which is then fed into a furnace. The useful metals are melted and separated from the slag.

In late 19th and early 20th cents, the steam engine would drive the wheels, which would drive large belts connected to the drive wheel(s) of the stamp crank.


Gareth - May 20, 2004 7:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Isn’t it odd?

To me, old mining junk in the mountains kind of has a beauty all its own.


lgregg222 - Jun 14, 2004 12:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Peaks shown are Mt. Blaurock (right) and Ervin Peak (left)

These two peaks were named last fall for the two men who first summited all the known fourteeners in CO. (I know about the history because Carl Blaurock was my great-uncle [his climbing buddy was Bill Ervin].)


lcarreau - Apr 2, 2008 1:49 am - Voted 10/10

Greetings ...

There are several places in Nevada with old mining junk lying around. It signifies a bygone era of historical significance. It's very fun and interesting to look at, in my humble opinion. Thanks for posting! - Larry

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