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's been a while since we went, but I wanted to make sure I said it since I think I didn't before...if you have kids who are into Minecraft they'll think this is super cool. Our boys loved it and sti...  more »
  • I was pleased with the GoldMine Tour. This was he real deal . The shaft elevator was old and secure. The tunnel was about seven feet high. We had to wear miners helmets to protect our heads. Our tour ...  more »
  • Took our 2 and 4 year old kids. 4 year old thought it was cool, as did my wife and I. Girl working the gift shop/ticket counter was not friendly. Tour guide was great though. Very informative and easy...  more »
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  • Great tour! Shows the progression of mining through out the decades. 4 year old and 7 year old did just fine in the mine shaft elevator and during the equipment demonstrations. 1,000 feet down where else can you get this?
  • Some mine tours can be dull. This one is good, esp when you get a good tour guide. Ours was retired and had worked this very mine. What can I say? It's a mine. But the kids loved it and it was a nice cool tour to counter the high temps of our trip in 2014.
  • A fantastic experience for the entire family! Our tour guide was a real miner and had real knowledge and experience that made our tour extremely informational as well as fun. This is a real mine that has been modified to show the factual side on mining. I highly recommend to everyone!
  • They have a few different guides, but Mike is the one we had when I took the kids. Not only was he really knowledgeable about the history and process, but he was also funny and very friendly. Great guy!!!! It doesn't matter how much you know if you don't have the ability to draw others in to help preserve its heritage. Anyone that goes should hope to have Mike as your tour guide. (The others may be just as good, but I have no knowledge of them.)
  • Awesome! My 6 year old son panicked right before we got on the elevator, and I thought one of us was going to have to wait with him. Luckily, our tour guide, Steve V., saved the day! He helped us talk him into getting in and from that moment on, we all had a blast(haha). Really enjoyed the tour, Steve was entertaining and kept everyone engaged. We learned so much. Highly recommend it! *Also, if you have time to kill while waiting for your tour, the heritage museum right next to the mine is free :)

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