Kennedy and North Star Mine Model Exhibits, Jackson, Amador County
Take a trip back in time to the 1920's and watch replicas of equipment of the Kenndy and North Star Mines in operation through the magic of large scale working models. The three models demonstrate the functions of a headframe hoisting equipment, the stamp mill and the famous Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels.
This exhibit is located at 225 Church Sreet, in Jackson next to the Amador County Museum
Open Saturdays - 10:30 to 1pm
Tours at 11am and Noon
Admission is $2.00 Adults $1.00 children under 10
As you begin the tour, you will learn how Robert Pope created these Mine Models which took him over 5 years to create. These models were built to exact scale as the orginals. The three models crafted by Ropert Pope were sold to the county in 1972 for $4,500. Mr. Pope's father was the master mechanic Eldridge Post, who was a member of a crew who built the Kennedy Wheels, circa 1913-1914.
A headframe is a structure built above an under-ground mine shaft. The headframe supported a hoist which lowered and raised skips. Skips took the men and supplies in and out of the mine. Skips also brought up the ore mined from underground.