Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wall Street Mill

Our weather has continued to be cooler and more humid than normal. So once again, we headed into the park early one morning this week and finished our hike to the Wall Street Mill. This car resides en route, as does the windmill below.

The mill was operated by William F. Keys, who lived on nearby Keys Ranch from pre-1930 until his death in 1969--aside from a stint off-ranch in jail. In an infamous incident, he shot and killed his neighbor Worth Bagley over a dispute regarding a road. (Bagley fired the first shot and missed). Keys served over 5 years of a 10-year sentence before he was released, eventually receiving a full pardon. Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason novels, was instrumental in obtaining Keys' release. Here's the grave that marks where Bagley fell.

The two-stamp mill is a complete gold ore crushing mill with late nineteenth-century machinery. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Lizards like it, too.