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“Gold mining!”

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the U.S.; the vein was discovered by Mollie Kathleen Gortner in 1891.
Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is the best mine tour we've ever been to. It lasts about an hour and, is 1000 ft below the surface, and is led by actual miners and they do an excellent job. Groups of about 10 ride down in the original cages the miners used. You will see the original tools used to dig gold from the rock and newer methods as the process has progressed through the years. They will turn on the pneumatic tools for a few seconds to let you hear how it sounded - LOUD! Learn how they used mules in the mine and how they kept air down there. At the end of the tour you get to keep a piece of gold ore from the mine. Very educational and fun. Don't miss this one.

3  Thank Marcy B
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Took my 11 year old granddaughters for the 2nd time in 2 years. It is a really informative tour. They spent the rest of the day telling me about the facts they had learned. They liked it so much last time, that this is the one thing they chose to do on our return trip to Cripple Creek. Gives a good overview of the mining in this area and what a real mine is like.

1  Thank HELENY636
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Wow! Amazing tour - educational, intense and very cool for all ages! While in Cripple Creek, decided to take the mine tour with the family - wife and 2 kids, ages 10 and 8.

The tour starts by getting into a 3x3 cage and descending 1,000 feet under ground - which surprisingly takes less than two minutes. We were all a little nervous, but once you get to the bottom and step into the mine, there is plenty of room, oxygen and light.

The mine, and all of its tunnels, is quite large. There are even mine tunnels on different levels at various depths, but the tour is only at the lowest depth - 1,000 feet. The guide did a great job of explaining the history of the mine, life of a miner and the activities that went on in the mine on a day-to-day basis nearly 100 years ago.

The whole tour takes about an hour and guide tips are expected. The temperature down below was a comfortable 50 degrees. One cool thing that happened, is that you could hear booming noises in the mine - couldn't tell if they were coming from the surface and vibrating the rock, or natural shifts in the rock. The mine is all rock of course, so the threat of cave-ins is not to be worried about - so says the guide.

Highly recommended!!!

2  Thank Daniel D
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

The mine is still a working mine (off the tourist season) so do not expect a cushy ride down the 1,000 feet shaft. The ride is in the same elevator as the miners used (and you can see it on site before paying and make your decision). All the tours are given by miners that are still working and that gives the tour the extra something – the quality of authenticity, even, or because, he was rough around the edges. The exhibits down the mine are very informative and once gets a demonstration of the mining tools through the ages (a lot of noise and power tools are being demonstrated). The history of mining, how gold actually looks like and how one gets to it and how difficult a miner life was (and still is) are all shown. The tour is about an hour and worth the money paid. Highly recommended.

1  Thank MDDCFlyer
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Had a great visit at this mine! The ride down is not for the faint of heart! Total darkness for about 3 minutes in the same cage used in the mining days. Once down, the tour we were on was run by a young man who actually worked in this very mine before it shut down! He was so knowledgable, it made the experience awesome! Wear closed toe shoes, as it is wet and rough some places. At the end you even got a piece of gold to take home! Definitely worth the couple hours!

4  Thank Cheryl B
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