Colorado Mining Museums

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The early days of Colorado were shaped by the miners who came to find gold and silver. Remnants of the old mining town yet remain, and in many cases, the towns have been revitalized to preserve their amazing history.

Hard rock mining was a tough and dangerous way to make a living. Dark damp tunnels, chilling cold, the danger of catastrophic tunnel failure — all these and more were the challenges men had to tackle to wrest the precious metal from the soaring peaks of the Rockies.

There are museums throughout Colorado that celebrate these rough and ready men and the lifestyle they led. Here’s a rather comprehensive list of the places you can visit to learn more about the early history of Colorado and the men (and women) who helped shape it.

Clear Creek Mining and Milling Museum
23rd Avenue and Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs

Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway, Denver

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
16th and Maple St., Golden

Cripple Creek District Museum
5th and Bennett Avenues, Cripple Creek

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Gilpin County Historical Society Museum
228 E. High Street, Central City

Heritage Museum and Visitor Center
2080 Miner Street, Idaho Springs

Lafayette Miner’s Museum
108 E. Simpson Street, Lafayette

Lowell Thomas Museum
298 Victor Avenue, Victor

Matchless Mine
120 W. 9th Street, Leadville

National Mining Hall of Fame
120 W. 9th, Leadville

Nederland Historical Society and Museum
4th and Bridge Streets, Nederland

Ouray County Historical Society and Museum
420 Sixth Street, Ouray
970.325.4564 or 970.325.4075

Pikes Peak Heritage Center at Cripple Creek
9283 S. Highway 67, Cripple Creek
719.689.3315 or 877.858.4653

Silverton Mining Heritage Center
1557 Greene Street, Silverton

Walsenburg Mining Museum
101 E. 5th Street, Walsenburg

Western Museum of Mining and Industry
1025 Northgate Road, Colorado Springs

*information courtesy of the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

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