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Kennedy Gold Mine

Historic Site or District
The Kennedy Mine Head Frame – Kathy Allen

ADA Accessibility Notes

Yes, open to all.

The Kennedy Mine, located near Jackson, California, is open every day March through October. Admission includes a highly educational tour of the grounds. Special tours designed for students are also available by reservation. Individuals and groups are invited to bring a picnic lunch and just soak in the ambiance of this historic spot.

On the Kennedy Gold Mine surface tour, visitors see the mine office building where gold flakes were melted into large bricks to ship by Wells Fargo to San Francisco. This is also where ore samples were processed to see if a particular underground area was worthy of further investigation. See the stamp and gold recovery mill, tailing wheels, a steam boiler and the huge steel head frame whose pulleys guided the miners into the bowels of the earth. You will also see the building where the men changed into their mining garb before dropping nearly a mile underground to work. You will view a historic video of the men working circa 1914, and much more. Visit the Kennedy Gold Mine and gain new insight into the complications and hardships of the miner's way of life.

The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world at 5,912 feet, demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California. Although gold was known to be present and was mined by the Spanish and Mexicans, the California Gold Rush did not begin until after James Marshall's discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Between 1848 and 1858, California exploded from being a largely unpopulated agrarian state into a vital, fast growing and exciting part of the United States. Prospected in 1860, reorganized in 1886 and continuously run until 1942, the Kennedy Gold Mine produced approximately $34,280,000 in gold according to the California Department of Conservation. One of the tallest head frames in existence today can be seen at the Kennedy Mine. The mine also had one of the largest stamp mills in the Mother Lode, moving tailings by means of huge wooden wheels, some of which are still standing.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome and need to be on a leash.

Time Period Represented

The California Gold Mining Era and beyond: 1860-1942


Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Seasons Open

March through October


Admission is $10.00 for ages 13 to adult, $6.00 for youngsters 6 through 12, and free to those under 6. Group tours are available, by reservation, all year.

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