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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Cripple Creek

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The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine is a historic vertical shaft mine near Cripple Creek, Colorado. The mine shaft descends 1000ft into the mountain, a depth roughly equal to the height of the Empire State Building in New York City. The mine currently gives tours, and is visited by around 40,000 people annually. The addition of the mines and subsequent tours of this mine and others in the area had considerable effect on the economies of both Victor, Colorado and Cripple Creek.HistoryThe mine was started in 1891 on a mining claim staked by Mary Catherine Gortner, after whom the mine was named. Other than a government-ordered hiatus during World War II, the mine operated continuously until 1961; since then it has continued as a tourist attraction.
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  • It was really cool going down into the gold mine and all the facts that are tour guide had given. Just be cautious of the shaft ride as they put about seven people into a two minute elevator shaft tha...  more »
  • The initial thought of going down 1000 feet in a small cage was a bit overwhelming, but it is quick and easy, albeit you are packed into the cage like sardines. Our guide, Steve is a third generation ...  more »
  • You go down 1000 feet in a very small mine elevator. Alicia tour guide was great. Her grandfather and great grandfather worked the mine and she grew up in the area. They provide hard hats and heavy ja...  more »
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  • Our family had a great time! Good gift shop, great guide in the mine. Our family of five has kids' ages 2-8, and they all enjoyed themselves. Very informative. We just happened to drive by it, but this was a great family stop!
  • Enjoyable tour and history. It's an easy walk. They do squeeze you in the cage, but the descent is fast. Tours were about every 20 minutes and the cost was $20 for adult. If you are already in the area I would recommend it.
  • This was an EXCELLENT place to visit. I have lived in CO for so many years and always thought the Mollie Kathleen Mine Tour would be a cheap tourist attraction. It ended up being a well put together, fun and adventurous tour that the kids loved. The tour guide Steve was a great guide and made a great presentation. I would recommend this tour to anybody hands down.
  • Amazing tour & very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Would recommend to anyone in the area. I drove 1 hour out of my way to check it out. Well worth my time.
  • Our tour guide was awesome. We had so much fun. Great for kids. My 9 month old did so well. He was amazed.