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“Kennedy Mine”
Review of Kennedy Gold Mine

Kennedy Gold Mine
Ranked #3 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.
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I've taken tours and assisted 4th Graders on field trips to the mine. One teacher said I should volunteer at the mine. 8 months later I did, becoming a Docent who now gives mine tours. My new found knowledge of the mine has been great and I love sharing with visitors who come to Kennedy. No, you can't go in the mine, as it's filled with water and inaccessible. Think of how much water is in the Kennedy with it's 5912' shaft and 50 miles of tunnels! I urge any of you in the Jackson, CA area to visit and take a surface tour. Tours last about 60-90 minutes, depending on question asked. The mine is open from March - September on weekends and hours are 10AM to 3PM. This is not an advertisement as much as it is a new found love of the Gold Rush and mining.

4  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Kennedy Mine is famous for early 1900's gold mining. Great tours for adults and children. Gold panning for kids on field trips or groups. Full of history, museum, mock mine tunnel to walk through and excellent gift shop.

Thank Steve M
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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

1  Thank 4419brian
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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.

1  Thank Nimue22
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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!

3  Thank Larry A
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