Back in 2012, we took a trip to Tombstone, AZ, and toured the Good Enough Mine. I will write several blog posts on this trip, but today’s post is about some equipment found near the Good Enough Mine.
Here, we have a belt driven wheel.
I don’t know much about what was attached to it, but I was able to pull the text from the stand, and it reads:
“JOSHUA HENDY MACHINE WORKS S.F. CAL.”
Apparently, the Joshua Hendy Machine Works was a big name by the 1880’s. They specialized in mining equipment, particularly rock crushers, so perhaps this piece was part of a stamp or ball mill of some sort. Their equipment was used in the regrading of Seattle, the building of the Panama Canal, and the construction of the Hoover Dam. The Panama Canal bit was neat, because Joshua Hendy once sailed around Cape Horn to get to San Francisco; his inventions would soon make travel from one ocean to the next easier and safer.
My source is, of course, Wikipedia, and all of the links that I wanted to click on from there are broken.