Near Jackson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Argonaut and Kennedy Mines
Erected 1968 by The California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with The Amador County Board of Supervisors, The Amador County Chamber of Commerce and the Amador County Landmarks Advisory Committee, February 3, 1968. (Marker Number 786.)
Location. 38° 21.881′ N, 120° 47.228′ W. Marker is near Jackson, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Click for map. Marker is located at the rest area across from the Kennedy Mine, 1.6 miles north of the town of Jackson. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson CA 95642, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. University of California Foothill Field Station (here, next to this marker); Amador County Veterans' Memorial Argonaut Mine (a few steps from this marker); The Kennedy Mine / The Argonaut Mine (a few steps from this marker); Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Anthony Caminetti (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy Mining and Milling Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Martell Stage Station (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
Regarding Argonaut and Kennedy Mines. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.786
Also see . . .
1. United States Mine Rescue Association -47 Down. On the night of August 27, 1922, 4650 feet below the surface of the earth in one of America’s deepest and richest gold mines, 47 miners were trapped when a fire broke out in the mine’s main shaft. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
2. The Kennedy Gold Mine. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
3. The History of the Kennedy Mine. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
4. Gold Districts of California: Jackson – Plymouth (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
5. L.A. Times Article – January 15, 2006, by Cecilia Rasmussen. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
6. Amadorgold's Argonaut Online Mine Tour. Historic photo's and information tour on the Argonaut Mine (Submitted on February 3, 2012, by Amador Gold of Jackson, California, Amador County.)
1. Amador Mines:
Kennedy Mine: Location: Highway 49, Jackson, across from Argonaut Lane. The Kennedy Gold Mine has gone through a metamorphosis in the last few years changing from what looked like an abandoned property into a thriving historical attraction, In the late 1850s, Andrew Kennedy discovered gold in an outcropping of quartz. The mine produced over $34.2 million in gold, making it one of the richest gold mines in the world. With a vertical depth of 5,912 feet, it was also the deepest mine in North America when it was closed by the War Production Board in 1942.
Visitors to the Kennedy Gold Mine can see the 125-foot high metal head frame, tour several mining buildings, and learn the history of the Kennedy Mine.
The Mine tours, which are guided by volunteers, take visitors up and down the hills on the property. Comfortable walking or hiking shoes are advised. the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park is located nearby, featuring the remaining
Argonaut Mine: Location: On Highway 49 at the top of the hill between the city of Jackson and Martell. Site of the worst gold mining tragedy in California history. In 1922, 47 miners died from deadly gas freed by a mine fire. From a vertical depth of 5,570 feet, the mine produced over $25 million in gold.
— Submitted October 29, 2008.
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