Please help the Kennedy Gold Mine recover from a recent devastating fire that destroyed our main building that housed a gift shop, theater, displays and museum all gone. Due the age of the building it had no fire insurance to cover the lost. With help from people like you we will rebuild. You may never visit the Kennedy Gold Mine but you can be a partner in our daunting effort to recover.
The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California. Although gold was known to be present and was mined by the Spanish and Mexicans, the California Gold Rush did not begin until after James Marshall's discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Between 1848 and 1858, California exploded from being a largely unpopulated agrarian state into a vital, fast growing and exciting part of the United States. Prospected in 1860, reorganized in 1886 and continuously run until 1942, the Kennedy Gold Mine produced approximately $34,280,000 in gold according to the CA Dept. of Conservation. One of the tallest head frames in existence today can be seen at the Kennedy Mine. The mine also had one of the largest stamp mills in the Mother Lode, moving tailings by means of huge wooden wheels, some of which are still standing.
The mission of the Kennedy Mine Foundation is to protect, conserve, restore the historic structures, and share the history of the property known as the Kennedy Mine. The Kennedy Mine Foundation works to retain the historic value, scenic beauty, natural treasures and wildlife habitat for future generations. The Kennedy Mine Foundation is a non-profit California Public Benefit Corporation operating under the 501(c)3 regulations.
- Bruce Odelberg
- Karin Aguilar
Kennedy Mine A Nonprofit Foundation
Donations are 100% tax deductible.