Argonaut Mine Tragedy of 1922 – Jackson, California

Argonaut Mine Tragedy of 1922 – Jackson, California

Jeff and Sarah visit the location of the famous Argonaut Mine in Amador County, scene of a tragedy in August, 1922 where miners were trapped. They will also visit the mass graves of the victims.

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Check out our two other videos on Jackson, California!

Stage Coach Driver Mike Tovey was Ambushed Here in 1893

Gold Rush Era Buildings of Jackson, Calif.


  1. Brian McGinty on July 4, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I love California history, having been born there and spent many years living there. Your insights into interesting events and places in California history are fascinating, and every well presented.

  2. Tom Brown on July 4, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for sharing your visit to the mines. Tragic story for sure. Who owns the property nowadays?

  3. Jeb Stuart on July 4, 2022 at 12:13 am

    How about doing a video on the Los Feliz murder house?

  4. Keith Streeter on July 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for doing what you do..😊😊

  5. Star Gater on July 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    The hardship people faced were multiple family members dying in one accident. There weren’t a lot of options. Just imagine the faces that would flash in a wife or mother’s brain at the call of a fire, etc.

    As far as the homeless camps, I find most grievous is the mess they leave behind. If they are told to move, the camps signify how they are living not where. Is it going to get worse before it gets better?

    Thanks for the episide. Glad Sarah was okay.

  6. AH Benjamin on July 4, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Jeff and Sarah thank you so much for a well presented documentary.
    As soon as I make it down to Modesto, I am cataloging all the places I will want to visit on day trips.
    Thank you so much for doing the research for me.

  7. aliveat55 on July 4, 2022 at 12:16 am

    What a horrible way for these men to go. I can’t imagine how their women and children felt and then how hard it was for them to have survived without them. Very sad indeed!

  8. nomesaneman on July 4, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Hi Jeff and Sarah. Thank you very much for your work. Your angles are always thoughtful, well-researched and incredibly entertaining when you juxtapose stories and personalities while visiting the historic locations. Do you have an e-mail or messaging account (e.g. fb, insta or twitter) where I can send you a couple of ideas you might be interested in? I know you are probably inundated with these kinds of things, and it can be frustrating when you get suggestions for shows you’ve already done. Ever thought about a Patreon account? Wishing you good health and happiness! – mark f (your fan who also struggles with eyebrow hair – along with ear hair, nose hair, etc.–our creator’s somewhat cruel prank on the aging …)

  9. Patricia Schindler on July 4, 2022 at 12:17 am

    What a fantastic episode. Long time viewers. Loved your informative program. Bravo

  10. Rick Findley on July 4, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I have a suggestion for a video. On May 2, 1972, 91 miners were killed in a mine fire at the Sunshine Silver Mine near Kellogg, Idaho. My dad was one of the 91. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the fire. Every May 2nd a memorial service is held at the Miners Memorial Statue to commemorate the miners. If you want to find out more about this event, a book titled "The Deep Dark" by Gregg Olsen is the most comprehensive account. Thought I would offer.

  11. Norm Sweet on July 4, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I’m familiar with the “gold rush” story, but not with shaft mining for gold. I Learned something new this go round with you folks. Thank you

  12. Demtix on July 4, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Is the mile deep down hole still there?

  13. Gerry Maitland on July 4, 2022 at 12:24 am

    It’s hard to imagine the vast impact this tragedy had on the families of these men. So sad…

  14. Jim Berry on July 4, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Investigate the Port Chicago tragedy. Very sad. Check out Carquinez a great little town on the Sacramento River Delta.

  15. Melinda & Gordon Beck on July 4, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Really miss Gold Country! The trash and homeless encampment was truly disheartening and disgusting… it’s so very sad what our beautiful home has become… Thank you Jeff & Sarah!
    Your biggest Tennessee fans!♥️

  16. Craig Browning on July 4, 2022 at 12:25 am

    My parents had friends that had a private campsite outside of the town of Volcano

  17. Vivian Lopez on July 4, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Sad, so many miners gone at the same time, very very tragic. All those families that had to deal with the loss of their loved ones. It breaks my heart.

  18. Valmor on July 4, 2022 at 12:29 am


  19. pwetton19 on July 4, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for sharing, I was not aware of this tragedy. We will definitely stop by in a future visit soon. Horrified with all the litter 😕

  20. Lindsay MacPherson on July 4, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Sad but really great bit of history there Was amazed how much is still standing and Sarah was right the homeless are people just sad they left such a mess Great video Jeff and Sarah Thankyou

  21. Matt Hart on July 4, 2022 at 12:34 am

    California politics are ruining your state.

  22. shigella63 on July 4, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Another great video!

  23. Desert Fox Exploring on July 4, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Another spectacular video….

  24. Maureen Gill on July 4, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Nice tribute to the victims of the Argonaut Mine Tragedy. The graves are so unique and so old! There’s so much history to be gleaned from them. Thank you for walking through the graves for us. I’m a bit wary of walking through cemeteries by myself. Thanks to you and Sarah, I don’t have to. Take care. 🙏

  25. Bradford Barrett on July 4, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Another sad tale of such a dangerous job. Well done vlog covering that tragedy.

  26. Sam O on July 4, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Another great episode! As a born and raised Californian (now living in FL) I really appreciate the history. It makes me sad when I see what the homeless are doing to the state. Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers.

  27. Jessie Altamirano on July 4, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Great job!

  28. Dane Martin on July 4, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Aye i caught up with the 6months i missed….Man forgot how many gems you drop on me…Fukk with the knowledge you kick much Luv 💯💯🖤🖤

  29. Michael G Moore on July 4, 2022 at 12:46 am

    The history never taught in schools Is what we live in. History Hunters is one of the best programs ever. Grave history programs like this one should replace all the trash that people waste on to learn nothing. Keep it up and maybe a lot of people will realize how lucky they are to be living today without such hardship.

  30. Gianna Vlogs on July 4, 2022 at 12:49 am

    I have been binge watching your and Sarah’s videos and enjoying them so much. I don’t think I have visited the Argonaut Mine Site since the early 90s. It’s a shame to see that homeless encampment scattered across such a historic area. Sadly, we’re seeing a lot of that in Nevada now too. Thank you so much for your thorough narration and history of this site, as well as your focus on Italian immigrants in the area. As I mentioned before, the Gold Country holds a special place in my heart. Your videos, narration, drone footage, and historical storytelling are top notch.

  31. Rusty Russ on July 4, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I feel sorry for those people I have childhood friend lives in CALI he says homelessness is bad y’all be careful Jeff

  32. Jim Jackson on July 4, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Thank your governor for the homeless. Unlimited illegal aliens taking all the resources

  33. Brenda Shaw on July 4, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Awesome video. Thank you

  34. Bay Area Bleepers on July 4, 2022 at 12:54 am

    So this is privately owned property. Did you gain permission to explore the property before going there?

  35. Bubbles on July 4, 2022 at 12:54 am

    My hometown ; )

  36. riverraisin1 on July 4, 2022 at 12:55 am

    The building @ 14:10 may have just been an electric power generation building for mining operations. Judging by the 3 huge insulators outside of the upper floor. It possibly housed a large generator. Look how much thicker the concrete is under the building as opposed to the platform next to it. It definitely had heavy equipment inside.

  37. FetchTheSled on July 4, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Reminded me of the Belmont mine fire in 1911, Tonopah NV.

  38. Brent Wilde on July 4, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Great episode Jeff great great channel you have going 👍thank you so much for your time and excellent research.

  39. John Williams on July 4, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I enjoy this channel for it’s look at California history. A few days after watching this episode I am still bothered by the comment when coming upon the remains of a homeless encampment. The real disrespect was those campers toward the land. They don’t own or have a right to destroy. The hard working men and women of 1920s Jackson, those poor mining families of that era would not understand people who squat on someone else’s land and leave such a mess.

  40. Bob Deckwa on July 4, 2022 at 12:59 am

    When you were in Virginia City, Nv., did you look at the Yellow Jacket Mine? There was a fire on the 800′ level that killed more than 35 miners. 11 of them were never retrieved. The fire also caught other mines on fire.

  41. Homero Garcoa on July 4, 2022 at 12:59 am

    She is right they are people, but they don’t need to leave a mess. They are not respecting the earth.

  42. aussiegoer on July 4, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Gday Jeff 😉….nice video 👍🇦🇺🇦🇺

  43. Jason Beck on July 4, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Terrific work on a sad event

  44. Elaine Gottwald on July 4, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Great video very well done.

  45. D on July 4, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Trash remnants become more interesting and give us something to see 50 years later. My greats were loggers, miners and farmers, so many didn’t live long enough for their children to know or remember them. When I see trash, I’m imagining my dead forefathers building, using and handling these artifacts of civilization. Perhaps the homeless people have children who will be looking for the McDonald’s toys or drug syringes their mothers and fathers once handled.

  46. Phil M on July 4, 2022 at 1:05 am

    I’m thankful for Noce starting Columbus Day! he did it because we Italians were so thankful to the United States to let us in and make our lives so much better. Most of us believe in hard work and love this country so.

  47. April McClain on July 4, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Love your channel, it’s so interesting! We live in the valley also and I’m so interested in all of your research.

  48. Derek Colvin on July 4, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Perhaps they should unblock the mine opening and let the new transient residents explore it further

  49. Jeffrey Luna on July 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    It was a sad one this episode, but you did share the history of Jackson and the mine tragedy. Were the mines closed because WW2? Is there gold still being mined?

  50. jupiter2 on July 4, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Always Great History off the beaten track and a Great Promoter of your State and Country, Well done Jeff and Sarah

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