Fodor's Expert Review Knight Foundry
Sutter Creek Factory
Pivotal accomplishments in engineering history occurred at the nation's last functioning water-powered foundry and machine shop, established in 1873 and these days run by volunteers. Namesake Samuel Knight's innovations included a revolutionary system for casting iron and the one-piece Knight Water Wheel for generating power. On the second Saturday of the month or on work days (usually Wednesdays), you can take a tour. Plaques and outdoor exhibits accessible at all hours convey some of this facility's fascinating story.