Home to the historic Kennedy Tailing Wheels, these engineering marvels were
Tailing Wheels Parkused to move tons of waste rockTailing Wheels Parkfrom
the Kennedy Gold Mine to a tailingsarea on theother side of a ridge where
they were impounded to prevent silting and pollution of waterways and
downstream agricultural areas. Built in 1912, two of the original four
tailing wheels stand today. The park includes a kiosk explaining how the
system worked, picnic tables and many viewing points for the tailing wheels
and scenic vistas in the area.
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.