Downtown Grass Valley Ornament - The Stamp Mill (2013)
This unique collection of Christmas ornaments celebrates the spirit of Downtown Grass Valley through its architecture! A new ornament is released every year in the fall, just in time for the holidays. This fun tradition began in 2004 when Howard Levine and the Downtown Grass Valley Association found an ornament manufacturer that specialized in custom made ornaments. Though the manufacturers have changed throughout the years, the tradition has not.
All the ornaments are made of brass, and with the exception of the Ore Cart and the Stamp Mill, the ornaments are colored with enamel, and come in a presentation box.
The Stamp Mill ornament was introduced for fall 2013. A Stamp Mill was an important piece of equipment for processing gold ore. The stamp mill featured for the ornaments is the Three Stamp Mill, which sits at the intersection of South Auburn and W. Main St. The Three Stamp Mill is from the Red Ledge Mine, and it "was donated to the City of Grass Valley by Mrs. Stella Tracy, owner of the famous Red Ledge Mine near Washington, Nevada County, where this mill crushed tons of gold bearing ore for many years. It is erected here in memory of the "Cousin Jack" miners who came from Cornwall, England, with their knowledge of hardrock mining used to bring gold bearing quartz to the surface from the deep mines of this area."
The complete list of ornaments:
2004 : Holbrooke Hotel (sold out)
2005: Del Oro Movie Theater (sold out)
2006: Grass Valley Library Royce Branch
2007: Old Post Office
2008: Nevada County Bank (sold out)
2009: Foothill Flowers (sold out)
2010: Foothill Mercantile (sold out)
2011: The Union Square Building (sold out)
2012: Clock Tower (sold out)
2013: The Stamp Mill
2014: Ore Car
2015: Episcopal Church
2016: Elks Lodge
2018: Tess'/Mill St Clothing Co.
2019: Heart & Home
2020: Yuba Blue