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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. 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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  • We took the time to stop in and tour this attraction right outside Cripple Creek, CO and it was definitely worth the stop and the price. It takes about an hour from start to finish but the staff that ...  more »
  • Smush about 6 people into a small metal 'elevator' and then drop 1000 feet into the bowels of the earth. Ride on old mining carts around some well lit mine shafts - seeing old machinery, watching a de...  more »
  • You gear up and wear hard hats and take a real working mine lift down 1000ft to see real underground mine workings and equipment demonstrations and take a real underground miner train. VERY informativ...  more »
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  • Great tour and great price! Mr. Stephen is an awesome guide. He told us the history of the mine. He also had great lighthearted humor mixed into the tour. Fun and educational!
  • It was the most exciting, unreal, history lesson ever! Our tour guide Steve, who had worked the mines with his dad for decades, was incredibly smart, articulate, fun, and kept the tour rolling. He learned the names if all the kids and included them in the conversations. If you had any hesitations of the drop down in the tight shaft, or physically walking around so far down into the earth, he completely made you forget, and focused on the importance of the history in front of you. Truly, the best tour we've ever taken, and our 10 and 11 year olds were thrilled!
  • 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!
  • Kudos to our guide, Justin! He was so fun and articulate, and an actual miner, to boot! We were so impressed by him!