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Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park

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Address: Jackson, CA
Phone Number: 2092231646
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Visit gold mining operations.

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Incredible sight.

The size of the enclosed wheel (Wheel #4) gives you a glimpse of the size of the operation here. If this was one of four wheels the complex was enormous. Make sure you go to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
csarchibald
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The size of the enclosed wheel (Wheel #4) gives you a glimpse of the size of the operation here. If this was one of four wheels the complex was enormous. Make sure you go to the top of the hill and see the dam for the tailing pond and read about how much moved through here on a daily basis.

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Claremont, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Only a short amount of time and a short walk are needed to experience these 60-foot high wheels (used to remove debris from the mine.) I saw them when I was 6 years old, and I was equally impressed at age 63 by the engineering feat. One is repaired on one side of the road and the other across the... More 

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Antelope
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

An easy hike to see the historic Kennedy Tailing Wheels. I have long admired pictures of these wheels, but, never actually gone there. It is a short hike from the parking lot. The wheels are in various stages of decay/rehabilitation, which I found enjoyable. The history of the wheels is clearly laid out at the kiosk. It was a fun... More 

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

One of the wheels is restored while the others are in various states of disrepair. They are amazing remnants from an important part of the gold mining process from the Kennedy mine.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

We spent about 20 minutes at the Park. It is a short up hill walk to the first tailing wheel which is partially intact in place. Then another short walk up hill to see a fully restored tailing wheel housed to preserve it. The history was interesting. There is ample free parking, a dog park and restrooms. It is a... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Road directions. Driving northeast-bound on highway 88 (though in fact right here in Jackson: driving south) you probably will not notice passing the Jackson Post Office (on your left), but very soon after you pass a Shell gasoline station (on your left), and then (for a highway:) a rare lot of traffic lights. Turn left, and left again on North... More 

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Topton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Very interesting place to view a former gold mine in the Mother Lode. Lots of informative signage, and a great view from the top parking lot. A lot of work has gone into this park since our last visit nearly 20 years ago, and it is well worth taking an hour out of your day to learn about this historical... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Not a lot to see hear once you view the wheels. But it is a pleasant spot with trees and picnic benches. Good for relaxing.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Our ten-year-old grandson and we really enjoyed exploring the park. There are 4 wheels altogether--2 which have fallen and 2 preserved. They are quite something to see--one has a building built around it, with glass all around. There also are some nice walking trails, as well as some beautifully illustrated info boards. We would have loved to explore the Kennedy... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The shear size of the wheels is awesome. The Kennedy Mine was the deepest one in Ca by the time it closed. Read the whole story (including WHY they built the wheels) at http://ci.jackson.ca.us/KennedyTailingWheelsPark/kennedy_wheels.html Then go there and take photos (of the impound dam AND the wheels), they are awesome! And wonder how #3 collapsed to the level it is... More 

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