I recently found this machinery tag and thought the name, locations, and
nature of the machine too coincidental. A quick consult with Mr. Google
turned up the link to the long spur off the South Park highline at Kokomo.
A nice synopsis of Wilfley's relevance to mining and the reason for the
South Park spur line:
Youze guys surprise me ... no interest in the Wilfley Mill and spur line ???
I had no idea this guy was such a big deal in the mining industry ! Grade
school education and a classic 19th century drive to make something of him-
-self, this guy did pretty well for his efforts. And all the while holding down
his own stretch of track on our beloved South Park line.
I'm much interested in the Wilfley mill and spur, since I'm thinking of someday making a small Kokomo model. My question is, based on this knowledge of the mill and its technology, what would the rail traffic to it have been? Certainly coal to fire the boilers, but what about the inputs to and outputs from the mill? What rolling stock would have been used?
Actually, there were two mills at Kokomo associated with Wilfley.
The original mill constructed by Mr. Wilfley burned down and was replaced by the Kimberly mill as Jeff's link demonstrates. Arthur Wilfley became an investor in the Kimberley and it was also known as the Kimberley-Wilfley mill. As Wilfley's name was always associated with the location, evidently the locals always referred to them as "Wilfley's mill(s)".
The forever great Ten Mile Stations . . . thread has a photo of the original mill and a couple of the later replacement:
Hi Jeff, yes, the original mill scene is wonderful, a fascinating variety of structures. I've just ordered the Wilfley biography (and many thanks, Todd, for the reference!), I'm sure I'll learn all sorts of interesting stuff. I'm still wondering what the railroad brought in to the mill as raw materials and supplies, and how about the product- did that go out in boxcars?
Am I reading Arthur's bio correctly ? ..... in saying his objective was to recover/reprocess
ores from existing mine dumps ? It says he thought a lot of wealth potential could be recovered
if something like his riffle table could be perfected ? If this was the case, would there have
been carloads of ore in and out for precessing from area dumps ?
My guess is someone was confused. His goal was definitely to process "low-grade ores", but that's because that's what was coming out of the mines in Ten Mile at the time. I don't think that means he was looking to re-process tailings.