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Thread: Mother Lode, part 7....The Kennedy Tailing Wheels

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    Default Mother Lode, part 7....The Kennedy Tailing Wheels

    These are in Jackson, California in the Highway 49 area. You can read a description here:http://www.malakoff.com/goldcountry/mcjkktw.htm

    These were something to see. Well worth a stop at Jackson. Most have fallen now but were still standing when I took these photos in the early 60's. That's the Kennedy Mine in the background.
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    Really cool

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    Very interesting. For running cable I assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by campp View Post
    Very interesting. For running cable I assume?
    Nope. They were for hauling tailings over the hill. Check the listed web site in the original message. It explains the reason for the wheels. It's a neat story.


    "The ore from the Kennedy Mine was crushed in their one hundred-stamp mill on the south slope of Humbug Hill. The tailings, or “waste,” were then mixed with water in the slime plant and allowed to flow down a one thousand-foot-long flume to the base of Wheel #1. Anchored to a concrete foundation, the three-story-tall wheel lifted the tailings forty-four feet in redwood buckets, and then emptied them into a flume which flowed to the base of Wheel #2. From the top of Wheel #2, an eight hundred-foot long flume carried the tailings over Jackson Gate Road to Wheel #3. Up another forty-four feet and down another flume to Wheel #4 which lifted the tailings for a final time up and over the top of the hill and into the impounding basin in Indian Gulch."
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    Really nice post, Don. I enjoyed the photo's and the history.

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    Yep, good stuff, & I am enjoying that link lots.

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    A "Hundred Stamp Mill" is a pretty good sized mill. Must have been noisier than heck! The photos just keep getting better and better......

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    Default Stamp Mills

    Anybody here ever heard a stamp mill? I haven't, but I read about the sound and it must have been something you'd not only hear but feel in your bones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Johnson View Post
    Anybody here ever heard a stamp mill? I haven't, but I read about the sound and it must have been something you'd not only hear but feel in your bones.

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    I have, but not a hundred stamp mill. Can't remember where is was right now but it was about a 5 stamper and the noise was unreal. I can't even begin to imagine what a 100 stamper would sound like.
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    Nice photos of the Kennedy tailing wheels Don. I have some photos also that I took around 1976, when only one restored wheel was standing. The tailing dump area is quite large, so the mine workings must have been extensive.

    The Argonaut mine is just across the highway from the Kennedy, but is hard to get good photos of, even though the large head frame is just above the highway.

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