It’s been a very long time since people have heard the whistle and ore being crushed at the Jake Jackson Museum stamp mill. It was Oct. 12, 2019, to be exact, almost a year and a half ago.
The mill needs to run, as per world-renowned stamp mill expert Charlie Connell, and the museum will have a crew that has committed to do just that on Saturday, April 3, starting at 9 a.m.
Connell travels the world from his home in Phoenix, Ariz., chasing stamp mills, documenting their condition and helping with restoration if needed.
He traveled to Weaverville in 2008 and produced a video of the operation of the mill, copies of which are sold in the museum gift shop. To this day Weaverville still has the only operable steam powered stamp mill in the U.S.
Workers will be meeting on that Saturday to ready the mill and hope to have steam by 10:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. or longer, depending on how much visitor traffic there is. It is Easter weekend so that you and your visitors in town will come by to see the stamp mill in operation.
Plan on stepping into the gift shop while you’re here. It would be a good opportunity to pick up a last-minute gift for that Easter basket. The gift shop is clearing out select merchandise in order to make room for the new. Come check out the clearance sale section. Items include books, toys, jewelry, framed photographs, calendars and other treasures.
Also consider becoming a member of the Trinity County Historical Society to help preserve history. You can purchase that membership also while visiting the museum. Memberships run Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Masks are required inside the museum.
For current information you may contact the museum at 623-5211 or visit the Trinity County Historical Society Facebook page.