Creede Underground Mining Museum

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The Creede Underground Mining Museum and Community Center is truly unique. Blasted out of the solid rock of Willow Creek Canyon by local miners, the museum preserves the history of the hard rock miners in the Rockies.

Silver was discovered around Creede, Colorado, in 1889. In just under two years, the town went from 600 souls to over 10,000. The mines operated continuously from 1889 to 1985, when the Homestake Mining Company closed down the Bulldog Mine. In 1990, the citizens of Creede decided an underground museum and community center were marvelous ideas. Three local miners began mining the underground chamber and the museum portion of the complex was completed in two years. While the chambers were never used to mine silver, they do represent the techniques miners used to go after silver.

Guests will love exploring the dimly lighted tunnels, nooks and crannies, with all the paraphernalia of hard rock miners. Visitors receive a first-hand taste of the miner’s subterranean life through a series of demonstrations and exhibits in shafts bored specifically for that purpose. This realistic depiction of hard rock silver mining sports gem and mineral displays, equipment displays, ore carts, demonstrations of hard rock mining techniques, guided tours and much more.

Throughout the years, the museum hosts a series of special events, including Rock and Mineral Shows, Garden Shows, the Woodcarver’s Rendezvous, the Christmas Tree Walk, dances, Mining for Treasures Quilt Show, the rodeo and more. Check their website for details on what’s happening during the time you plan to visit. The community center is available for special events, weddings, meetings and more.

Other Attractions in the area include:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Blue Mesa Reservoir

Creede Underground Mining Museum
503 Forest Service Rd #9
P.O. Box 422
Creede, CO 81130
Phone: 719.658.0811

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