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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.
 
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. Touch for map. The marker is in the cemetery directly across from 415 Church Street. 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. 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 (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
Miners' Graves Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
2. Miners' Graves Monument
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. Jackson, CA Gold Mine Disaster, Aug 1922. "The disaster occurred at 11 o'clock last night. Clarence Bardshaw, foreman, with two men were coming to the surface from one of the lowest levels of the mine. At the 3,400 foot level they encountered dense smoke. Rescue crews were immediately organized and sent underground equipped with oxygen masks. They found fire burning at the 2,800 foot level, while a cave-in in the shaft also had cut off all means of communications with exists below that level." (Submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, August 28, 1922. (Submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. 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
James Clayton image. Click for full size.
By James King, May 21, 2016
3. James Clayton
1886-1922
fire erupted. Toxic gas and smoke filled the mine. Probably the first knowledge the miners had that something 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.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
 
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 33 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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