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Monitors | by Sherwood Harrington
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Monitors

Abandoned, century-and-more old water cannons ("monitors") are scattered all around the Malakoff Diggins hydraulic mining site. These devices bear about as much relationship to garden hoses as a guillotine does to a toenail clipper. The great mountain height of the reservoirs that fed them provided tremendous pressure: click here to see an old photo of them in action.

 

(The little one in the lower-right is not at the Malakoff Diggins site -- it is at the nearby Empire Mine park, and was used for fire suppression, not mining, but it shows how widespread the high-pressure water system was in this area in the late 1800s.)

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Taken on September 6, 2012