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  Souvenir Mining Spoon Argonaut Mine.JPG - SOUVENIR MINING SPOON ARGONAUT MINE JACKSON CA - Sterling silver souvenir spoon, 5 1/8 in. long, bowl engraved with mining scene and 1/8 in gold wash border around it and marked ARGONAUT MINE JACKSON CAL. in border, handle marked in decorative floral pattern, reverse marked Sterling with maker’s mark SSMC for Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company. The company was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1909 till 1932  [The Argonaut Mine is located one mile northwest of the town of Jackson, California, in the famous Mother Lode Gold Belt in the Sierra Nevada foothills of western Amador County. The Jackson-Plymouth district was the most productive district of the Mother Lode belt, with an estimated total production of about $180 million. The Argonaut Mine alone produced $25.2 million. The Argonaut property was first opened in 1850 after discovery by two black miners named James Hager and William Tudor. From 1850 to 1893 it was worked in a primitive manner under the name of the Pioneer Mine.  In 1893, the mine was purchased by the Argonaut Mining Company and renamed the Argonaut Mine. The Argonaut claims covered 4800 feet along strike of the Mother Lode. The Argonaut Company explored the deeper portions of the ore body by sinking and inclined shaft in the hanging wall of the vein with crosscuts and drifts driven from the main shaft. Shallow ores were rich and highly profitable. The ores were crushed in a 40 stamp mill. The mine remained in continuous operation until 1942. From the 1890s until 1942, the Argonaut Mine and its neighbors become one of the most important gold mining districts in the nation, with the district producing $2 million - $4 million annually. The Argonaut Mine itself became one of the deepest gold mines in the nation, bottoming at a vertical depth of 5570 feet. Due to escalating costs and government imposed fixed gold price, the mine closed in 1942 and the Argonaut Mining Company was dissolved in 1948.  The Argonaut along with the nearby Kennedy mine are registered as California Historical Landmark #786.  The Argonaut mine is also infamous for being the site of one of the worst mining disasters in California history. On August 27, 1922, 47 miners mostly immigrants from Italy, Spain and Serbia were trapped 4,650 feet below ground by a fire. It took 2 ½ days to extinguish the fire and nearly 3 weeks to get to where the miners were trapped. None survived. The cause of the fire was never determined. The mine disaster is detailed in the book 47 Down: The 1922 Argonaut Gold Mine Disaster by O. Henry Mace. (Also, check out the Argonaut bell sign shown in my Miscellaneous Mining Items section)]  
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Souvenir Mining Spoon Argonaut Mine | SOUVENIR MINING SPOON ARGONAUT MINE JACKSON CA - Sterling silver souvenir spoon, 5 1/8 in. long, bowl engraved with mining scene and 1/8 in gold wash border around it and marked ARGONAUT MINE JACKSON CAL. in border, handle marked in decorative floral pattern, reverse marked Sterling with maker’s mark SSMC for Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company. The company was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1909 till 1932 [The Argonaut Mine is located one mile northwest of the town of Jackson, California, in the famous Mother Lode Gold Belt in the Sierra Nevada foothills of western Amador County. The Jackson-Plymouth district was the most productive district of the Mother Lode belt, with an estimated total production of about $180 million. The Argonaut Mine alone produced $25.2 million. The Argonaut property was first opened in 1850 after discovery by two black miners named James Hager and William Tudor. From 1850 to 1893 it was worked in a primitive manner under the name of the Pioneer Mine. In 1893, the mine was purchased by the Argonaut Mining Company and renamed the Argonaut Mine. The Argonaut claims covered 4800 feet along strike of the Mother Lode. The Argonaut Company explored the deeper portions of the ore body by sinking and inclined shaft in the hanging wall of the vein with crosscuts and drifts driven from the main shaft. Shallow ores were rich and highly profitable. The ores were crushed in a 40 stamp mill. The mine remained in continuous operation until 1942. From the 1890s until 1942, the Argonaut Mine and its neighbors become one of the most important gold mining districts in the nation, with the district producing $2 million - $4 million annually. The Argonaut Mine itself became one of the deepest gold mines in the nation, bottoming at a vertical depth of 5570 feet. Due to escalating costs and government imposed fixed gold price, the mine closed in 1942 and the Argonaut Mining Company was dissolved in 1948. The Argonaut along with the nearby Kennedy mine are registered as California Historical Landmark #786. The Argonaut mine is also infamous for being the site of one of the worst mining disasters in California history. On August 27, 1922, 47 miners mostly immigrants from Italy, Spain and Serbia were trapped 4,650 feet below ground by a fire. It took 2 ½ days to extinguish the fire and nearly 3 weeks to get to where the miners were trapped. None survived. The cause of the fire was never determined. The mine disaster is detailed in the book 47 Down: The 1922 Argonaut Gold Mine Disaster by O. Henry Mace. (Also, check out the Argonaut bell sign shown in my Miscellaneous Mining Items section)] Download Original Image
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