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Jackson in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Miners' Graves

Argonaut Mine Tragedy 1922

 

— (Jackson City Cemetery) —

 
Miners' Graves Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
1. Miners' Graves Marker
Inscription.  In memory of Elmer Bacheller, James Clayton, Evan Ely, William Fessel, Charles Fitzgerald, Ernest Miller, Arthur and son Charles O'Berg, and Bert Seamans who died August 28, 1922 in the Argonaut Mine Fire

 
Erected 1977 by Societa di Unione e Beneficenza Italiana, August 28, 1977.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters.
 
Location. 38° 21.155′ N, 120° 46.39′ W. Marker is in Jackson, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Church Street 0.2 miles south of North Main Street. The marker is in the cemetery directly across from 415 Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson CA 95642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Pioneer Jewish Synagogue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Miners' Graves (about 600 feet away); Brown Home (about 600 feet away); Krabbenhoft Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Labor Day Celebration
Miners' Graves Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
2. Miners' Graves Monument
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Leam's Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Law Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original site of Mel and Faye’s Diner (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Regarding Miners' Graves. The Serbian victims of this tragedy are interred at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church cemetery off of N. Main Street and the Italian, and other Catholic, victims rest in the Catholic Cemetery next to this one, the Jackson City Cemetery.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, August 28, 1922. (Submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. California Mining / The Argonaut Disaster. "On Sunday evening August 27, 1922 one of the worst mining disasters in California history took place at the Argonaut Mine. On a very warm night some 47 miners were trapped almost one mile underground when a fire erupted. Toxic gas and smoke filled the mine. Probably the first knowledge the miners had that something
James Clayton image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
3. James Clayton
1886-1922
was wrong was when they noticed that their lunch buckets hadn't been picked up. Rats were usually scurrying around the empty lunch buckets but on this Sunday night there were none. Another indication that something wasn't right. One of the miners called to the surface on the mine telephone and learned that there was a fire. They were also told that no plans were in place for a rescue so they needed to protect themselves. In other words they were on their own."
(Submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Charles & Arthur O'Berg image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
4. Charles & Arthur O'Berg
Died Aug 27, 1922
Marker Sign image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
5. Marker Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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