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From Mining to Mercury: Preservation of the Historic Industrial Landscape of Jackson, California

Author(s): Owen Ford

Year: 2017

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Nestled in the foothills of the western Sierra, the city of Jackson in Amador County, California was the location of some the richest gold deposits mined in the Gold Rush era Mother Lode. Over the last few years, several projects have been initiated on this historic industrial landscape. The City of Jackson began raising funds to help preserve the uniquely stunning tailing wheels that have dominated the skyline for more than a century. Conversely, well beyond locally available funds is the problem of toxic clean-up as a result of nearly a century of mining efforts. Mercury, arsenic, and lead currently rest under significant portion of the city. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priority List, commonly known as the Superfund, has added the Argonaut Mine in Jackson for federal aid in toxic clean-up. This poster will summarize the challenges of both preservation and hazardous clean-up on this cultural landscape.

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From Mining to Mercury: Preservation of the Historic Industrial Landscape of Jackson, California. Owen Ford. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429845)


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North America - California

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17424

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America