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Argonaut and Kennedy Mines

 
 
Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
1. Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Marker
Inscription. Argonaut Mine, discovered 1850, and Kennedy Mine, discovered 1856, played dramatic roles in the economic development of California. They produced $105,268,760 in gold. Kennedy Mine has a vertical shaft of 5,912 feet, the deepest in the United States and changed mining methods in the Mother Lode. The Argonaut Mine was the scene of the Mother Lode's most tragic mine disaster. Forty-eight miners were trapped in a fire at the 3,500 foot level on August 27, 1922—a few survived. Both mines closed in 1942.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 786

Plaque placed 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.
 
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
Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
2. Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Monument
In its newly landscaped setting
49. Touch 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 (here, next to this marker); 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); Kennedy Mine Headframe (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
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
Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, January 26, 2014
3. Argonaut and Kennedy Mines Monument
This marker is mounted on the boulder at the right, in front of the black slab of the veterans' memorial. The next boulder to the left has the UC Foothill Field Station marker. The next one way to the left has the Argonaut Mine marker and on the stele at the extreme left is the Jackson marker.
. (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.) 
 
Additional comments.
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
Kennedy Mine Gallos Frame image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 14, 2008
4. Kennedy Mine Gallos Frame
tailing wheels that were used to carry the processed rock from the Kennedy Mine to an impound dam.

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.

 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Kennedy Mine image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
5. Kennedy Mine
Kennedy Tailing Wheel #3 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 20, 2010
6. Kennedy Tailing Wheel #3
Ruins of Kennedy Tailing Wheel #2 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 20, 2010
7. Ruins of Kennedy Tailing Wheel #2
Tailing Wheels - Jackson, California image. Click for full size.
Merle Porter - Published by Royal Pictures - Colton,Ca
8. Tailing Wheels - Jackson, California
Description on Postcard: These huge wheels were used to carry tailings across a canyon to dump it over a nearby hill. They are located below the Argonaut and Kennedy Mines, whose deposit shaft is over a mile deep. Up to 1931 the Argonaut produced $17,391,409 in gold. From 1848 to 1851 Jackson was a stopping point for teamsters who piled a collection of bottles along the creek where the National Hotel stands today. The town was given the name of Bottlieas later changed to Jackson after Col. Jackson an energenic citizen. Jackson is the county seat of Amador County after moving it from Double Springs and a time when Mokelumne Hill was the county seat. Col. Jackson went south and founded the camp of Jacksonville covered by water at the present time....M.P.
Sign at Jackson City Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 7, 2008
9. Sign at Jackson City Pioneer Cemetery
Note: There are additional burial sites at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery and the St. Sava Serbian Church Cemetery. These sites also display this sign.
Argonaut Mine Fire Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 21, 2010
10. Argonaut Mine Fire Memorial Plaque
This memorial plaque is located at the miner's gravesites at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery;

In memory of Peter Bagoye, Rafaelo Baldocchi, Domenico Boleri, Eugene Busgaglia, John Gaminada, Peter Gavaglieri, Manuel Costa, Paul Delonga, A. Fazzini, V. Fideli, Simone Francisconi, Bautista Gamboni, Timothy Garcia, Maurice Gianetti, Giuseppe Giorza, Lugio Gonzales, brothers Antonio and Luis Leon, Battista Manachino, Pio Oliva, Emanuel Olobardi, Aldino Piagneri, Giovanaria Ruzzi, Domenico Simondi, George Steinman, Daniele Vilia, and Cesare Zanardi, who died August 28, 1922, in the Argonaut Mine Fire.

Dedicated by Societa di Unione e Beneficenza Italiana, August 28, 1977.
Miner's Grave Site and Memorial at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 21, 2010
11. Miner's Grave Site and Memorial at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery
A Casualty of the Argonaut Mine Fire image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 21, 2010
12. A Casualty of the Argonaut Mine Fire
Simone
Francisconi
Born Mar. 13, 1874
Died Aug. 27, 1922
Memorial plaque to the Victims of Argonaut Mining Tragedy image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 25, 2011
13. Memorial plaque to the Victims of Argonaut Mining Tragedy
This plaque is located at the miner's gravesite in the Jackson Public Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,395 times since then and 109 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on March 3, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.   3. submitted on March 2, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.   4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8, 9. submitted on October 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   10, 11, 12. submitted on March 3, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   13. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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