|Kennedy (Pershing Co.)|
N40.27571 W117.73842 Kennedy Canyon quad
We Visited: 3/19/2016
Directions: North from Fallon for 56 miles on US 95 and then east on I-80; Head north 6.6 more miles to Coal Canyon Road exit; Take Coal Canyon Road (SR 396) for abut 13.2 miles; turn east on McKinney Pass Road (SR 396) and continue for 31.5 miles; turn NE for 5.2 miles; turn west into canyon for 1.84 miles.
From Fallon: 114.3
The Kennedy district is on the east side of Granite Mountain in the East Range 57 miles south of Winnemucca by fair automobile road. The district was discovered in 1891 by Charles E. Kennedy, who located the Imperial Mine. The Gold Note mine was located about the same time by the Lawler Brothers. Shortly after the discovery of these two properties, the rich ore shipped to Utah smelters attracted attention to the camp, and for several years the town of Kennedy had a population of approximately 500 people. In the late 1890's the Imperial 20-stamp amalgamation mill was built and operated for 1 year. In 1901 the Imperial mill was taken over by the Wynn Lasher Syndicate, which added a cyanide leaching plant and operated until 1905. In 1914 a plant was built to test an electrochemical process patented by L. St. D. Roylance. This process was unsuccessful in treating the complex ores of the district. Several smaller mills were also erected, one of which was a custom plant built by Willliam Jenkins.
Here [First National Bank of Winnemuca] he [George Nixon] prospered until one day Jim Wardner arrived with the prescience of a millionaire and Mr. Nixon took him out to see the new gold mines at Kennedy. The immortal "Jim" was delighted and in the long sixty-mile ride back he poured into Nixon's ears the rick fund of imagination, second only to that of Sam Davis, which he possessed. The result was that "Jim" deposited $3000 in the bank with the insouciance of a Croesus, and returned the next day to Kennedy to buy the Imperial mine graciously taking Nixon as a one-sixth partner. The rest is vivid history. In not much more time that it takes to tell "Jim" had the whole country bus hauling ponderous machinery there for a twenty-stamp mill and opening up the mine with three shifts of men working twenty different places. He was too busy to replete his bank deposit and in a little while had broken everyone within a circle of fifty miles about, including George Nixon. And then one autumn morning he departed for parts unknown leaving trouble behind.
FATAL SHOOTING AFFRAY AT KENNEDY
THEN CAME THE KENNEDY EXCITEMENT
The Henrietta Mine-- aka in some documents as the Henriette Mine--- was first discovered in 1870 in French Boy Canyon and probably had some activity as late as the 1950's.
I attempted to discover the secret behind the 1914 plant to test the process patented by Leon St. Denis Roylance. Apparently Mr. Roylance was a bit of a hothead, as described in this article:
Further investigation revealed yet another gruesome and disquieting story full of tales of violence, horse jockeys, infidelity, and attempted murder most foul!
|POST OFFICE||January 15 1892 - December 15 1917|
The roads out here are extremely good and it isn't until you approach the site that you begin to require a high clearance vehicle. While a fire has swept the area clean of much in the way of wood structures, there are plenty of rock remains, especially the remains of the leaching plant. Lots of historical debris remains- much of it trampled by the cows who now call this canyon their home away from home. Up the canyon, there are several mine locations to investigate. Continuing further up the canyon and over the summit will take you into French Boy Canyon and the Henriette or Henrietta [depending on the source] Mine, which was active during a later period.