Milling Ore at Bodie . By. Michael H. Piatt After miners broke mineralbearing ore from the surrounding rock and transported it from a mine, specialized machinery pulverized and ground the ore, then separated gold and silver from waste. Buildings that contained this machinery were known as "stamp mills" or "quartz mills."
This stamp mill, used to extract gold and silver from ore, was built in 1914 and originally used in Bland, New Mexico. Bland was located at the bottom of a canyon approximately 60 feet wide, part of the Cochiti Mining District, Sandoval County, New Mexico, approximately 8 miles southwest of the Los Alamos National Labs and 1½ hours north of Albuquerque, in the Jemez National Forest .