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The Kennedy Wheels Booklet
As told to Evelyn Garbarini by the late Emmet H. Garbarini

Supplement to the Eighth Printing, September 2011.

After the seventh printing (1991) of this booklet, the City of Jackson, in 2000, obtained a Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) grant of $150,000 to restore Wheel #4.  

In 2010, a periodic inspection of the same wheel revealed it would collapse within 10 years if not protected from the elements. Therefore, in 2011, the city formed the Save Wheel #4 Committee to raise funds and develop plans to preserve the wheel and refurbish the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park.

When this project is completed, the park will offer:

  • A refurbished kiosk with a panoramic storyboard detailing the wheels history

  • New interpretive signage identifying key elements of the park

  • ADA parking with roadway access to each feature in the park

  • A preserved Wheel #4, sheltered as it originally was with a sheet metal building covering sides and back and a see-through front showing the whole height of this magnificent structure

To begin raising funds for the project, the committee is re-printing this booklet. Moreover, it has received a $25,000 start-up loan from the City of Jackson's Park in Lieu Fund to revamp the kiosk and plan the park’s new signage.  

Engineers estimate the project may cost $650,000. That is why the city has applied for another TEA grant of $596,000. If awarded, the committee expects to raise the additional funds to meet the project’s cost.

The committee, besides fundraising, will solicit, organize, and work with volunteers to make the best use of the start-up loan and direct the entire project.

Contact the City of Jackson at 209-223-1646 for more information, to make a donation, to volunteer for this restoration project, or to purchase more Kennedy Tailing Wheels booklets.

Booklets can now be purchased for $7.50 at City Hall, the Amador County Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy Mine Gift Shop, Hein & Company Books and the Bubble Gum Book Store in Sutter Creek.

Please contact the City of Jackson at 209-223-1646 for more information.

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