Near Jackson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Argonaut and Kennedy Mines
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 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. The Kennedy Gold Mine. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
2. Gold Districts of California: Jackson – Plymouth. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
3. L.A. Times Article – January 15, 2006, by Cecilia Rasmussen. (Submitted on October 29, 2008.)
4. 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.)
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 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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,467 times since then and 60 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.