NO. 786 ARGONAUT AND KENNEDY MINES - Argonaut Mine, discovered 1850, and Kennedy Mine, discovered 1856, played dramatic roles in the economic development of California, producing $105,268,760 in gold. Kennedy Mine has a vertical shaft of 5,912 feet, the deepest in the United States. The Argonaut was the scene of the Mother Lode's most tragic mine disaster-on August 27, 1922, 48 miners were trapped in a fire at the 3,500-foot level - few survived. Both mines closed in 1942.
W roadside rest, State Hwy 49 (P.M. 5.6), 1.6 mi N of Jackson
The grave sites of the men who died in the Argonaut Mine Disaster are located at Jackson City Cemetery: 410 Church St., Jackson, CA 95642. Additional graves are located in the Catholic portion of the cemetery 500 feet to the north.