Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train and Days of '49

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 2015 Days of 49 Celebration 

 

The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train and Days of 49 Celebration once again brought Gold Rush history alive in charming, historic Amador County. An authentic wagon train of 15 horse-drawn covered wagons  pulled into Jackson, CA after a three-day journey from Cooper Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, through Plymouth, Drytown, Amador City and Sutter Creek, to celebrate Amador County’s pioneer heritage. Then, on Main Street in Jackson, the Days of '49 Celebration kicked off with the entertaining Wagon Train Parade of horses, wagons, buggies, comedy acts, music and pioneer fun. After the parade, Old West gunfights entertained, featuring a repeat performance from the Blue Canyon Gang's 2014 appearance.

 

A covered wagon rolls past one of the Kennedy Mine’s iconic Tailing Wheels, headed to the afternoon’s campsite near the site of one of California’s deepest mines, producer of over $28 million in gold.
 
 

 
Sutter Creek school children enjoy a field trip to Main Street to visit with the wagon drivers and their teams.
 
 

Above photo by Bill Lavallie/Mountain Democrat

The Wagon Train’s “grand finale” is an entertaining parade down Main Street, Jackson where they are joined by other performers, riders and local historic groups.
 
 

Above photo by Bill Lavallie/Mountain Democrat

 
 
2017 Days of 49 Celebration
 
 
The historic Kennedy Mine in Jackson, CA was the host for the "Days of 49" celebration featuring a wagon train encampment, gunfight re-enactments, gold panning, mine tours and more. Families enjoyed a BBQ lunch and ice cream sundaes.
 
Visitors talked to wagoneers and their horses at the encampment. Throughout the evening, a Gold Rush variety show performed on the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre outdoor stage.
 
 
 

Above photo by Larry Angier/Mountain Democrat

 

 

The Wagon Train takes a detour through a vineyard in Amador County’s Shenandoah Wine Country, outside of Plymouth.

Below photo by Larry Angier/Mountain Democrat