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Knight Foundry

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|Arts & Entertainment|Sutter Creek, California 95685

81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, California 95685

(209) 267-5647

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The Knight's Foundry and Shops is a cast iron foundry and machine shop in Sutter Creek, California and is registered with a number of associations as an important landmark. It is a California Historical Landmark, it is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Mechanical Engineering Historic Site by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is also one of America's Most Endangered Places by the Smithsonian Institution. It is also one of the earliest water powered foundry machine shops which provided momentum to California's gold rush. The foundry is still functional.

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    Ray Cellar on Facebook

    4 months ago

    10/05/2019, 05:56 AM
    Great tour for history buffs...
    Janice Lovecchio on Facebook

    4 months ago

    10/05/2019, 02:34 AM
    Very interesting . Great piece of history!!
    Claire Stover on Facebook

    4 months ago

    09/22/2019, 05:06 AM
    Wonderful example of 1800's industry being preserved by dedicated volunteers!
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    Nicholas Stavros on Facebook

    5 months ago

    08/21/2019, 10:51 AM
    Yesterday, we were given a private tour of the foundry. What an experience! The association is doing a fantastic job preserving this great piece of California history. Thank you Frank and Rick for all your time and attention. We will be back!
    -Nick & Mary
    Kristina Kristina on Facebook

    8 months ago

    06/08/2019, 12:06 PM
    Today we spent 3.5 hours at the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek. Though we had been to the foundry previously, so many changes and new acquisitions made it feel like a wholly new experience. This is a fluid restoration that will continue to evolve for many years. The changes each visit are exciting and make the visitor feel connected to the larger project at hand......preserving history and making it attainable to our posterity. The docents were incredibly knowledgeable. ‘Hands -on' demonstrations and articles to touch and examine make the process of pattern making, machining and pouring at the foundry come alive. My 14-year-old was positively riveted. The additional opportunity of watching t...  more>>
    Joel Dujsik on Facebook

    8 months ago

    05/23/2019, 04:10 AM
    great history, wonderful place to visit
    Gary McKeeman on Facebook

    a year ago

    11/25/2018, 09:14 AM
    A must see!🇺🇸️ A part of an American historical site, that still works after 145 years in service, you will be amazed!
    Doug Carson on Facebook

    a year ago

    10/13/2018, 11:40 AM
    A working foundry from the 1870s. Spectacular!
    Donald La Grand on Facebook

    2 years ago

    07/29/2018, 03:42 AM
    I was at the state fair and learned that a person could volunteer helping restoring this foundry. Being a retired Tool and Die maker, this endeavor was right up my alley. This foundry and machine shop is a living testimony of how my industry began so many many years ago. I love this place.👍😎
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