Steam engine at the San Francisco Mint
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Top section of the Corliss Steam Engine on the first floor of the San Francisco Mint. The engine was one of the attractions for visitors to the Mint, and employees kept its brass and steel parts shined and polished. Credit: Department of the Treasury. Bureau of the Mint. Original at NARA San Bruno, CA. Photo date about 1885.

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The Old San Francisco Mint, formerly open as a museum, has a marvelous old Victorian boiler in its basement. It's perhaps not quite as grand as the Corliss Engine (now gone), but it's still remarkable how much artistry was lavished on a utilitarian machine.

The museum is no longer operating, but the building is occasionally utilized for public and private events. The structure itself and its charming interiors typically outshine the occasion being celebrated.

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On 3/26/2022 at 4:16 PM, DWLange said:

The Old San Francisco Mint, formerly open as a museum, has a marvelous old Victorian boiler in its basement. It's perhaps not quite as grand as the Corliss Engine (now gone), but it's still remarkable how much artistry was lavished on a utilitarian machine.

The museum is no longer operating, but the building is occasionally utilized for public and private events. The structure itself and its charming interiors typically outshine the occasion being celebrated.

There oughta be a commemorative for the Grey Lady. Oh, wait…

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