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Jackson
Amador County, California

Jackson is a substantial town, the county seat and commercial center of Amador County. Its compact downtown has many historic buildings.

There was an early boom based on placer mining of gold, but after 1860 the focus shifted to the Argonaut and Kennedy hard rock mines, which were the deepest in the country at 5,912 feet (1,792 meters). The Kennedy mine disposed of waste rock using a series of huge wooden wheels to lift the tailings in stages over a low ridge to be spread out in a shallow reservoir. These giant wheels are now one of the iconic sights of the Gold Country.

The other unique site in Jackson is the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Built in 1894 to serve Serbian miners, it was the first of its denomination in the U.S. and is still in use.


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Jackson, Amador County, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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Jackson, Amador County, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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Jackson, Amador County, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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Jackson, Amador County, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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Tailings Wheel Four

Tailings Wheel Four

Tailings Wheel Four, 58 feet in diameter, built to raise waste rock (tailings) from the Kennedy Mine over a low divide to be sequestered behind an impound dam

Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park, Jackson, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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Jackson Tailings Wheel above the impound dam

Jackson Tailings Wheel above the impound dam

The top (fourth) tailings wheel for the Kennedy Mine, at the divide above the impound dam

Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park, Jackson, California

Date photographed: June 14, 2012
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