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“A visit to a gold mine”
Review of Kennedy Gold Mine

Kennedy Gold Mine
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Jackson
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1860 and closed in 1942, the mine unearthed $34 million in gold. Open for tours weekends March thru October.
Heywood, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A visit to a gold mine”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

It was just ok, the tour was interesting but long drawn out,most of the tour was a film and a talk, which lasted almost one hour

Visited June 2013
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Napa, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worth the time!”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

Great tour! Totally worth the time and money. The folks there really know their stuff and do a wonderful job. Highly recommended if your in gold country.

Visited June 2013
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Jackson, California, United States
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231 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“A great lesson in the history of California Gold Mining”
Reviewed 20 August 2012

The Kennedy Mine in Amador County, The Heart of the Mother Lode was one of these most productive mines in California until its closing in 1942 during WWII.

One of the deepest shafts into the earth, the hole bores 5,900 feet toward the earth core. During its life more than 1.6 million ounces of gold were extracted, making it one of the richest gold mines of its era. Today, that gold at $1500/ounce would be worth about $2.4 Billion dollars!

During its prime, the mine worked 24/7 and the stamp mill deafened the workers and created a din heard throughout Jackson. That din was interrupted in 1922 during the Argonaut Mine disaster. The rival mine to the west of the Kennedy suffered a fire and 47 miners were trapped. For weeks, the Kennedy was shut down while rescue miners tried to dig through to the Argonaut to save the trapped miners. All perished and are buried in the local cemeteries.

Today, one can tour the grounds and even pan for gold! There's a nice museum and gift shop and locals host events on the many-acre grounds of the old mine.

Well worth the visit to this historic California gold mine!

Visited May 2012
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California
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53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“First time Gold Mine experience”
Reviewed 19 July 2012

The gift shop was priced right for souveniers, purchased gold flakes in a tube. The mine tour was interesting and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. At the end of the tour you can pan for gold.

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49 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed 22 August 2011

Informative tour. However, we did not get to tour the house or underground. Good for history buffs. There is a good museum with a short film. Docent leads small group on a short walk through the property to view the giant mining devices.

Visited September 2010
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