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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Cripple Creek

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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4.8/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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. 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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  • I had not been to cripple creek in 50 years as a kid. I thought the tour lead by Steve the miner was very interesting and very informative in 1 hour. I would recommend that you plan to take the tour b...  read more »
  • Just an hour or so from Colorado Springs. It tour lasts about an hour or so and is well worth the money. People of all ages were with us and everyone enjoyed it. The young kids had tons of questions a...  read more »
  • We waited till 945, first tour supposed to be at 10 am. When my husband went in the office the girl said no tours today. When I asked why she couldn't give me a answer. Just said thats what she was to...  read more »
  • We loved this tour. We went with Alicia and she is absolutely awesome. I highly recommend requesting her. She knows mining to the core. The mine has stalagmites and other cool cave features. All the old tools and gear were just left in here so the amount of history you will see is incredible.
  • Stephen Robb gave us the most outstanding tour I've ever experienced. He as well as his father and Grandfather worked the Gold mines going back three generations. Stephen knows what he is talking about from generations of history. I can't imagine men working underground with a small carbide light and the dangerous gases that occur not to mention the jackhammer drilling and gold ore cave ins that took the lives of so many. This was the most grueling work known to man and with very little pay. The money from the gold from Victor especially and Cripple Creek built the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. Their is much to say about this fabulous tour but better yet experience it for yourself from a real authentic gold miner!
  • Our tour guide was Jack and he was such a cutie. The ride down into the mind was something I will never forget. Jack exclaimed so much, he is a 4th or 5th generation miner who had everyone's attention and really gave a great tour of the mine.
  • Staff was friendly. It was a cool experience. Drop straight down 1000 feet! This was more interesting than cave of the winds. Worth the money and drive.
  • My parents and I went to this mine over Labor Day weekend and it was great! Tim was our guide and made lots of jokes throughout. I'm a history nerd myself, but he was still able to keep this 16 year old's attention for an hour.
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