Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Grand Re-Opening of the Amador County Museum and Grand Re-Opening of the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park - Sat June 15

Grand Re-Opening of the Amador County Museum and Grand Re-Opening of the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Guests: Congressman Tom McClintock, State Sen. Tom Berryhill,  City of Jackson and CalTrans officials

  • Kennedy Tailing Wheel #4, one of California’s most unique historic landmarks now has a dramatic new 7-story steel and glass protective enclosure
  • County-wide celebration of newly remodeled Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park
  • County Museum opened for the first time in 5 years
  • Gold mining-era exhibits, historic railroad display, Mountain Men, demonstrations
  • Free BBQ Hot Dog lunch will be served to the first 500 guests.
For more information and directions to V.I.P. parking, contact:
Keith Sweet, Jackson City Council/Event Chair, 209-223-2698,
Kennedy Tailing Wheels
Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park: 9 am – 1 pm
Jackson Gate Road, Jackson, CA
Ceremony and Speakers: 11 am

The 58-foot tall landmark Kennedy Tailing Wheels are 100 years old this year and were operated by the Kennedy Gold Mine virtually non-stop from 1914 to 1942. The majestic wooden wheels were an amazing feat of engineering in 1913 and are still awe-inspiring today.

The wheels represent one of the first mitigation efforts in California toward an environmental hazard – the original four wheels lifted tailings from the Kennedy Mine out of the creek drainage to an impound dam to keep them from polluting area streams.

A seven-story-tall steel enclosure has been built to protect Wheel #4, in the best condition after a century of work and weather. A dramatic glass wall allows visitors to view the wheel from outside the enclosure.

A $596,000 grant administered by CalTrans and over $100,000 in community and city funds paid for the enclosure and a complete remodel of the 1970s-era park surrounding two of the wheels.

New interpretive displays explain how the Kennedy Mining Company met the challenge of major environmental mitigation requirements in the early 1900s.

Former State Senator Clare Berryhill attended the original dedication of the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park in 1973. His son, current State Senator Tom Berryhill, and Congressman Tom McClintock are scheduled to attend the June 15 dedication ceremony.

Tailing Wheel #4 Before

Tailing Wheel #4 New Structure

 Amador County Museum
Open 10 am – 2 pm
Amador County Museum
225 Church Street, Jackson, CA

The Amador County Museum is reopening after being closed to the public five years ago due to seismic requirements and lack of funds for needed remodeling.

The Museum is housed in the 1859 home of Dr. Ambrose and Phillipa Brown. Hundreds of volunteer hours and community donations have been spent on the seismic retrofit and refurbishment of the historic structure and beautiful grounds.

The Museum is dedicated to the history of Amador County. Among its curiosities is a Bordello Room illustrating the city of Jackson’s colorful past as one of the Gold Country’s “Sin Cities.”

Also on the museum grounds are three large-scale working models of a gold mine, stamp mill and the famous Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels.

Amador County Museum 

Kennedy Gold Mine & Vista Point
The nearby Kennedy Mine preserves the facilities of what was one of the deepest gold mines in the world. Docent-led tours are held on the weekends, March – October.

Vista Point park on the west side of Highway 49/88 overlooks the entire Kennedy Mine site. Eight new interpretive murals are now displayed at this “classroom” for travelers to Amador County.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

History of Carson Pass Guided Walks

Learn about Early California, Pioneer and Gold Rush History on the Mormon Emigrant Trail at Carson Pass. A half mile loop with less than 100 feet of elevation loss and gain and appropriate for all walkers. Dogs on leash welcome.
When: Fridays and Sundays from 10 to 11 AM. June 7-  Sept 8
Where:: Carson Pass Information Station on Highway 88, about two miles east of Caples Lake. 
Cost: FREE but parking fees or passes apply.
For more information, call the Carson Pass Station (209) 258-8606

Preston Castle Foundation Presents: "Because: A Tribute to the Beatles" - Sat June 22

IONE, CA:  Come Together and Twist and Shout to Save The Castle.  Join Because – the area’s premier Beatles Tribute Band for a wildly entertaining evening of fun and music on the beautiful Preston Castle Courtyard.  Because is a Northern California based Beatles Tribute Band, a band that strives to capture the imagination of both the old and young. Their pride is in their attention to detail: from the way that they look and move to the way they sing and play, they will whisk you away to the 1960's. Because brings to their live performances a youthful energy and playfulness that is the sheer essence of The Beatles.

Gates open at 6:00 pm with a no host bar and you can tour the outside farm museum. Show starts at 7:00 pm. Snack food and a wide selection of drinks will be available for purchase.  $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  Tickets are available at Clark’s Corner in Ione, or online at  Call 209-256-3623 for more information and/or tickets.  Please, no outside alcohol.

WHAT: Because – a Tribute to the Beatles
WHEN: Saturday, June 22, gates open at 6:00 pm
PRICE: $25/$30 at the door
WHO: Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
WHERE:  Courtyard, Preston Castle, Ione, CA, 35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione

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.