Kennedy Tailing Wheels - Jackson, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 21.804 W 120° 46.525
10S E 694355 N 4248478
Quick Description: Also known as Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 9:02:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM5DCK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 16

Long Description:
In 1912, the California State Legislature passed an act which compelled mining companies to impound their tailings which had been polluting streams and river or cease operations. The fifty-eight foot diameter Kennedy Tailing Wheels were necessary to accomplish the task of lifting some 850 tons every 24 hours over two hills to an impound dam.

The ore from the Kennedy Mine was crushed in their one hundred-stamp mill on the south slope of Humbug Hill. The residue (tailings) from the mill was finely ground rock particles. The tailings were then mixed with water in the slime plant and allowed to flow downhill by gravity in a one thousand-foot-long flume to the base of Wheel #1.

Wheel No. 1's 208 stationary redwood buckets lifted the material 58 feet and dropped it into a flume which delivered it to the base of wheel No. 2 where the process was repeated. Wheels No. 3 and No. 4 performed the same function to move the material to an impound dam.
Street address:
Jackson Gate Road
Jackson, CA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Amador

Year listed: 1981

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering; Architect, builder, or engineer: Spears, James

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction; Extractive Facility

Current function: Landscape; Park

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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