“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jackson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Argonaut Mine

Argonaut Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
1. Argonaut Mine Marker
On the hill to your right stand the remains of the Argonaut Mine gallus (headframe), beneath which 47 miners were lost when a fire broke out deep in the main shaft on August 27, 1922. At that time the Argonaut was one of the deepest gold mines in North America. The disaster that occurred on that fateful day is noted as the largest gold mine disaster in North America. These brave men were from California, Texas, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Montenegro, Portugal, Hercegovina, Serbia, Illinois, Washington, Sweden, Dalmatia, Sardinia and Michigan.

Buried in the Jackson City Cemetery:
Elmer Lee Bacheller (California), James Clayton (California), Evan Ely (California), Edward Wiliam Fessel (Germany), Charles F. Fitzgerald (California), Ernest Miller (Illinois), Arthur W. O’Berg, son (Washington), Charles O’Berg, father (Sweden), Bert E. Seamans (California)
Buried in the Jackson Catholic Cemetery:
Peter Bagoye (Austria), Rafallo Baldocchi (Italy), Domenico Boleri (Italy), Eugene Buscaglia (Italy), John Caminada (Italy), Pete Cavaglieri (Italy), Paul Delonga (Austria), A. Fazzina (Italy), V. Fidele (Italy), Simone Francisconi (Italy), Battista Gamboni (Switzerland), Timothy E. Garcia aka. Eurigue Harismendey (California), Maurice Gianetti (Italy),
Argonaut Mine Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
2. Argonaut Mine Monument
Giuseppe Giorza (Italy), Lucio Gonzales (Spain), Manuel Kosta (Portugal), Antonio Leon (Spain), Luis Leon (Spain), Battista Manachino (Italy), Pio Oliva (Italy), Emanuel Olobardi (Italy), Aldino Piagneri (Italy), Giovanaria Guzzu (G. Ruzzi) (Sardinia), Domenico Simondi (Italy), George L. Steinman (Michigan), Daniele Vilia (Sardinia), Cesare Zanardi (Italy)
Buried at St. Sava:
Rade Begovich (Serbia), Mihailo Jovanovich (Montenegro), Marko Janovich (Serbia), Jevto Kovac (Hercegovina), Scepo Marinovich (Serbia), Jovo Maslesa (Hercegovina), Todor Miljanovich (Hercegovina), Elija Pavlovich (Dalmatia), Niko Stanicich (Serbia), Mihailo Vujovich (Hercegovina, Rade Lajovich (Serbia.

“From the Lowest Place Unto the Highest, God Has Taken 47 Sons of Amador” - Stockton Record 1922

funding by
Italian Benevolent Society • Dr. Elizabeth and Steven Pinotti
Artwork by
Cotdy Fisher

Erected 2007 by Native Sons of the Golden West with the Native Daughters of the Golden West, the Italian Benevolent Society, Dr. Elizabeth and Steven Pinotti, St. Sava Orthodox Church, Amador County and the City of Jackson.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Greenstone and Granite Rock image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
3. Greenstone and Granite Rock
From Argonaut Mine
Donated by the
Crowley Family
Plaque donated by
Amador Parlor No. 17 Sutter Creek
38° 21.888′ N, 120° 47.23′ W. Marker is in Jackson, California, in Amador County. Marker is on State Highway 49 (California Route 49), on the right when traveling south. 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. Jackson (here, next to this marker); The Kennedy Mine / The Argonaut Mine (here, next to this marker); University of California Foothill Field Station (a few steps from this marker); Argonaut and Kennedy Mines (a few steps from this marker); Anthony Caminetti (a few steps from this marker); Amador County Veterans' Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Kennedy Mining and Milling Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kennedy Mine Headframe (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional information on the victim's burial sites.
Also see . . .  1922 Gold Mine Disaster Was State's Deadliest. (Submitted on March 3, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersIndustry & Commerce
Argonaut Mine Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
4. Argonaut Mine Monument
The stele of the Jackson marker is at the extreme left, this marker is on the boulder just to the right. The two boulders to the right of the shelter are the UC Foothill Field Station Marker and the Argonaut and Kennedy Mines marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on , by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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