Friday, June 23, 2017

Get that Roaring Camp Gold Dirt every month...the Dirt of the Month Club!

Roaring Camp Friends,

This is your invitation to join the Dirt of the Month Club! 

Roaring Camp Gold
Dirt of the Month Club

DOMC Members receive a 13 to 15 pound bag of virgin, never before processed dirt from our historic tertiary river channel that is screened down to 3/4" or less each month

We ship your dirt directly to you right after the first of the month of each month.

DOMC runs $50 per month plus Tax, S&H.

Every Club has its benefits and so does the DOMC

Dirt of the Month club membership also provides you the following yearly benefits.
  • 20% off Day Trip Tours up to 4 people Sunday through Friday
  • 10% off all Apparel purchased at the Office or Trading Post while in camp
  • 10% off your lunch purchase while on your day trip.
  • Free Round of Golf or Horseshoes while in camp (well who's kidding that's always free!)
Staying with us for the whole week? Check out these additional club benefits
  • DOMC China Camp Trip. We drop you off one morning and pick you up that afternoon. Spend the entire day over at China Camp. One of our premier areas
  • 10%-20% discount on various equipment rentals, check with the staff on what you need. This includes everything from the Gold Cube to a Wissbangr.
  • One free Roaring Camp Hat or Tee shirt. We want you looking in style.
  • Reserve seating for up to 2 at our Saturday night BBQ DOMC Tables.
  • One free drink ticket good for a Beer, Glass of Wine, Soda, Ice Tea, Water to use at whatever point you want during your week stay. We just want to say "thanks" and have one on us!

We will get your first bag right on out to you! 

Thank you,
Your Roaring Camp Family
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kennedy Mine Foundation releases 20th Anniversary commemorative poster

JACKSON, CA - The Kennedy Mine Foundation has released an art quality poster commemorating the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary preserving, restoring and sharing the story of the Kennedy Gold Mine.

Ione artist George Lambert created the stunning image of Kennedy Tailing Wheel No. 1, featured on the poster. The original work in acrylic paint and paper collage beautifully reflects the setting and majesty of the three-story-tall relic that has become an icon of Amador County gold mining.
The 16” x 20” posters are available for $20.00 at the Kennedy Mine gift store on weekends and at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce office, 115 Main Street, Jackson.

Posters will also be for sale at the Kennedy Mine Foundation’s 20th Anniversary benefit dinner on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Kennedy Mine. At the dinner, the Foundation will kick off its “Dig Deep” campaign with a funding goal of $35 per foot of mine depth to preserve and restore the historic headframe, buildings and property. Sales of the poster also benefit the Foundation’s work.
1. Ione artist George Lambert with his original artwork in front of the subject of his painting, Kennedy Tailing Wheel No. 1, featured on the Kennedy Mine Foundation’s 20th Anniversary commemorative poster.

2. Commemorative poster: Kennedy Tailing Wheel by George Lambert, Acrylic and paper collage.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gravestone: Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle - June 23 & 24

Gravestone Arizona has degraded into a lawless town run by a bunch of outlaws known as The Ranchers. The mayor, in hiding and fearing for his life, has high hopes that recent arrival Wylie Arp and his brothers and friends would consider taking over as the law enforcement in town and getting the outlaws under control, or better yet…running them out of town.

A party is underway at the Gravestone Saloon and everyone is enjoying parlor games and the delectable Wild West dinner until someone is found to be murdered in cold blood.  The townspeople come together to figure out whodunit, and surprises arise.

The principals include:
Bella Starry – educated lady and notorious outlaw
Wylie Arp – Civil War veteran and ex-lawman from Duck City
Josephine Marco – Golf Rush entrepreneur and Wylie Arp’s girlfriend
Abby Oakley – feisty exhibition sharpshooter
Doc Galady – Wylie Arp’s right hand man, physician and gambler
Katie Fishman – helped put the “wild” in the Wild West, Doc Galady’s girlfriend
Wavy Will Bronchus – leader of the outlaws known as The Ranchers
Bronco Bill – leader of the famous Bronco Bill’s Travelling Wild West Show
Enjoy dinner, hosted by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, in the Preston Castle Courtyard and be part of the action as events unfold around you. Observe, ask questions, and use your super sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?” A no host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase.

Friday & Saturday, June 23, and June 24, 6 to 9 pm
Limited to 100 tickets, each night.
PRICE: $50
Preston Castle, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
(209) 256-3623

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  Last year saw the completion of our own water and sewer connections.  This year we are working hard to install new gutters and downspouts for the Annex, and repave Palm Drive.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
Other fundraising events for 2017 include:
Photographer’s Day on June 4,
Movie Night on July 15
Wine Tasting and Tour on August 5
ParaCon on August 25 and 26
Photographer’s Day on August 27
Preston Castle Haunt October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28
Olde Tyme Christmas Holiday Bazaar on December 9.
Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting:  All contributions are tax deductible.

Stanford/Dondero Marble Fest at Italian Picnic grounds June 3 and 4

The first weekend  of June, Sat 3rd and Sun 4th at the Italian Society Picnic Grounds, there will be an Italian stone splitting and marble working demonstration  hosted by the Italian Benevolent Society. Demonstrations midday thru afternoon are planned for Saturday and Sunday.

Marble sculptor Matt Auvinen who taught marble sculpturing for 7 years in Italy will demonstrate how Italians split huge marble blocks and carved statues; he will demonstrate how the Romans carved letters in stone, how they drilled stone with a two man string spool, and discuss how the masters like Michelangelo worked stone.  A couple blocks of marble 5,000 to 10,000 will be split with 100 year old stone wedges, aka "pins and feathers". As of yet undetermined items will be produced, possibly marble bench, stool, mile markers, etc

Marble blocks retrieved from the old Dondero/Leland Stanford quarry near Pine Grove will be brought to the Italian Picnic ground for the demonstration. Presently, the quarry is owned by the Oneto family; a couple years ago Eddie Rux and Brian Oneto hauled out about 100,000 lbs of hand-cut old abandoned marble blocks 3 to 4' square x. 8' long left at quarry almost 100 years ago.

This high grade marble quarry near Pine Grove was opened in 1880s with Stanford money ($50,000) by Carlo Dondero. Huge blocks of stone 5,000 to 15,000 in size were quarried out by Italian quarry workers from Carrarra, Italy.

Stanford built several miles of difficulty road to quarry site where the marble was loaded onto wagons hauled to Martell, reloaded onto steam train and hauled to San Francisco where it was fabricated by Joseph Musto Company at Fishermans Wharf for use in Stanford's University he was building . Much of the marble was used in buildings around San Francisco, including Old City Hall, Bank of America, etc.

A couple years ago the Oneto family held a private " Italian Marble splitting and carving demonstration " This year, in cooperation with The Italian Society, this is being hosted for the public enjoyment. Don't miss it! Matt will be available to have works commissioned and some of the beautiful old marble blocks will be available.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blast from the Past: Knight Foundry Hands-on History article in Live Steam Magazine, 1995

Ed Arata

Article in Live Steam Magazine in 1995.
Living history workshops at Knight Foundry may come back in the future...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kennedy Mine Foundation celebrates 20 years of preserving the Kennedy Gold Mine - Thurs June 22

JACKSON, CA - Twenty years ago, the Kennedy Mine Foundation received the keys to the historic Kennedy Gold Mine, once one of the world’s richest gold mines, and today, a rich depository of California’s gold mining history. The Foundation is celebrating the anniversary and its mission of preservation, restoration and education with a benefit dinner on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Kennedy Mine.

The Kennedy Mine was at the 5912-foot depth when it closed in 1942 due to WWII, and was considered one of the deepest mines in the world. At the dinner, the Foundation will kick off its “Dig Deep” campaign with a funding goal of $35 per foot of mine depth to preserve and restore the historic headframe, buildings and property.

The 20th Anniversary event will also honor founding members of the Kennedy Mine Foundation for recognizing and acting to keep the historic gem available to the public: Kevin Bonneau, Susan Bragstad, Bob Devlin, Rich Escamilla, Georgia Fox, Carolyn Fregulia, Dick and Dot Haislet, Mike Hewitt, Doug Ketron, Aprille Phil, and MaryAnn and Frank Tortorich.

To commemorate the anniversary, the Foundation has commissioned a limited edition 16” by 20” poster, featuring an original painting of Kennedy Tailing Wheel No. 1 by Ione artist, George Lambert. Tailing Wheel No. 1 stands three stories tall at the lower entrance to the Kennedy Mine property on Jackson Gate Road. The posters are available for $20.00 at the Kennedy Mine gift store and at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce office, 115 Main Street, Jackson.

The evening at the beautiful grounds around the iconic Kennedy Mine headframe will include a catered dinner, no host beer and wine, music by Double Edge, and a silent auction and raffle. Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner at 6 pm.

Tickets are $40 each, $75 for a couple and are available online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Kennedy Mine on weekends, and at the offices of the Amador Council of Tourism (209.267.9249) and Amador Chamber of Commerce (209.223.0350).