Date posted: 07/23/2013
Visit the Kennedy Gold Mine!
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On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered in Coloma, California by James W. Marshall. Once word got out, the Gold Rush began and the rest is history. Between 1848 and 1858, an estimated 300,000 people flocked to California in search of gold. Forty-niners, as they were often called, traveled from all over America and even places such as Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Europe to be a part of the Gold Rush. Jackson, CA is home to the Kennedy Gold Mine which is one of the mines located on the Mother Lode (the main “vein” where gold was found throughout California).
The Kennedy Gold Mine is named after Andrew Kennedy. After discovering quartz in the area during the 1850s, Kennedy continued to mine the area and formed The Kennedy Mining Company in 1860 with three other partners. The mine was not always running and closed a number of different times before finally shutting down in 1942. In total, the Kennedy Gold Mine raked in $34,290,000 in gold. The Kennedy Mine is well known because it is one of the deepest gold mines in the entire world at 5,912 deep!
Today, visitors and locals alike can take a tour of the mine on Saturdays, Sundays, and all major holidays from March until October. Admission is $10 for those age 13 and up, $7 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. If you are interested in visiting the Kennedy Gold Mine outside of those months, the site will make arrangements for group tours any time of the year with proper reservation. Visitors will have the opportunity to roam the grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide who explain the history of the mine and answer any question. The guided tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Visitors also have the option of purchasing a self-guided tour book and walk around the site at their leisure. Bringing a picnic lunch is highly encouraged!
Visit Jackson CA today and learn all about the Gold Rush!