Curator Tom Hathaway Builds Nordberg Steam Stamp

Mining Engineer, Tom Hathaway, is put in charge of assembling a 1900 vintage steam stamp at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs (circa 1986.) The Nordberg Steam Stamp came from Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. It was my job to design and build the foundation and assemble the 90 tons of cast iron. Most of the bolts used doubled as bar bells. There were no plans to follow and most of the pieces had partially sunk into the red clay of the front range.

This type of line drawing served as my blue print.

This type of line drawing served as my blue print.