The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train and Days of 49 Celebration, April. 27 – 30, 2017, brings Gold Rush history alive in charming, historic Amador County.

An authentic wagon train of 15 horse-drawn covered wagons will embark on a 4-day journey from Plymouth, CA, through the Highway 49 towns of Drytown, Amador City and Sutter Creek, to Jackson for a celebration of California’s pioneer heritage.            

The colorful Kit Carson Mountain Men will rendezvous for their fourth living history wagon train re-enactment through the Gold Country, when everyone is invited to visit with horse-men and -women at stops and encampments along the way.

The public is invited to join the wagon train each afternoon and evening for barbecue dinners and casual entertainment. Admission is free to all events.  

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Thursday, April 27, the Wagon Train departs from the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth for a loop through Shenandoah Valley, Amador County’s popular wine region. The Wagon Train will stop on Main Street Plymouth for a group photo commemorating the City of Plymouth’s Centennial Anniversary, visit Far Horizons RV Resort and Plymouth Elementary School, and then head back to the Fairgrounds for the night.

Friday, April 28, Old Highway 49 will become the Wagon Train trail, leading to stops in Amador City and Sutter Creek. From Sutter Creek Main Street, the next stop will be the Italian Picnic Grounds on Hwy 49 for a sunset barbecue, music, square dancing and campfire.

Saturday, April 29, the Wagon Train will visit Jackson Main Street around lunch time before camping at historic Kennedy Mine in Jackson, near the iconic Kennedy Tailing Wheels and the head frame of one the deepest gold mines in the world.

All day (9 am – 5pm) the Kennedy Mine will be hosting “Days of 49 at the Kennedy Mine (enter from Hwy 49/88) with special activities for kids, gunslinger re-enactors, gold panning, mine tours and more. A BBQ lunch and ice cream sundaes will be available.

Saturday afternoon families can visit the wagon encampment (near the Kennedy Mine entrance on Jackson Gate Road), talk to the wagoneers and their horses, and soak up some authentic wagon train grub at an evening BBQ. During dinner and throughout the evening, enjoy a Gold Rush variety show on the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre outdoor stage.

Sunday, April 30, the Wagon Train returns to Main Street, Jackson, at 11 am with the entertaining Wagon Train Parade of horses, buggies, music and pioneer fun. The Kennedy Mine Foundation will offer a Miners’ Brunch for breakfast while you watch the parade.

This free, community-wide celebration highlights the historic Hwy 49 Main Streets in Amador County, Amador County and Whitney Museums, the Kennedy Gold Mine and Kennedy Tailing Wheels, and Amador County’s Pioneer Cemeteries.  

Updates, wagon train route and schedule d etails will be updated regularly at For information about participating in the Wagon Train, parade or camp activities, contact John Queirolo, 916-965-1136.

(photos by... Wagon Train by Larry Angier; Campfire by Eleanor Caputo; Balcony "Ladies" by Howard Gold)