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“Educational and entertaining”

Mayflower Gold Mill
Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Silverton
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Educational and entertaining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

Mill is in excellent original condition. Tools, machinery, offices, etc, still in place and some operable with a push of a button! there is even still some ore in the buckets, and storage containers. A film starts the tour explaining more than I needed to know, but my husband loved it as well as the rest of the guys in our group.

Extremely well preserved and presented, to show us all the workings of a REAL ore mill. Reasonably priced, and welcoming hostess.

Visited July 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“An amazing tour of an intact ore processing mill”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Some tours of old ore processing mills are rather superficial and you don't get to see the machinery up close or the mill has just a few pieces of equipment remaining. This mill is just as it was when it shut down in 1991 with all of the equipment still in the building.

The self-guided tour is amazing. You start off by looking at one of the few remaining aerial trams used to transport the ore from the mines, far across the valley, to the processing mill. The ore buckets are still hanging from the cables looking as if they are ready to go at a moment's notice.

Descriptive signs explain the process of crushing rock into a fine powder and then how the powder is mixed with water and various chemicals to separate and extract the various metals. The separation of gold is particularly interesting.

And for both big kids and little kids, it is fun to push buttons and see some of the machinery actually operate! This is a great tour if you are interested in knowing more about what happens to the ore after it comes out of the mines.

Visited June 2013
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Nederland, Texas
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162 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Lots of Machinery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

Fascinating mill about what happens once the rocks come out of the mine. You will also get to pan for gold. A lot of places charge.

Visited July 2013
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Colorado
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90 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Worth the time if you're at all interested in mines and mills. There are some interactive displays that are cool for kids.

Visited July 2013
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Kirtland, Ohio
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“Educational Tour of Gold Milling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

We went on this self guided tour after the gold mine tour. It really educates one on the difficulty of gold extraction from the rocks that were mined locally. The explanations of the equipment were very well done. Visitors are also permitted to run some of the equipment.

Engineers would find this attaraction very interesting.

Take your time on this self guided tour. Their is a lot of reading at different stations that help one understand the entire process.

Visited June 2013
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