Whim (HM12CB)

Location: Angels Camp, CA 95222 Calaveras County
Country: United States of America
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N 38° 4.576', W 120° 32.828'

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When mine shafts became to deep, a whim was needed to recover the ore in buckets. Joshua Hendy developed the Davis Horse-Power Hoisting Whim, exhibited here. The whim was a large drum made from wood in the early years, and later metal, with a cable running over pulleys and down the shaft, with a bucket at the end. A horse or mule would be tethered to a long pole attached to the whim and it would walk around in circles making the drum revolve; as this happened, the ore bucket would be raised to the surface.

This whim, patented in 1888, was built entirely of iron and steel, mounted on a heavy base plate, so that it was net effected by cold or heat. Both hoisting and lowering was regulated by one lever; the operation so simple that it could be handled by any inexperienced person. This whim is from the Eagle Mine in Copperopolis.
HM NumberHM12CB
Placed ByAngels Camp Museum
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 2:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 715147 N 4217118
Decimal Degrees38.07626667, -120.54713333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.576', W 120° 32.828'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 34.56" N, 120° 32' 49.68" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 667 S Main St, Angels Camp CA 95222, US
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