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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  • August 14, 2017
    Ok so I am not afraid of small spaces but going down was a little "panic-ee" for me. Wasn't sure I was gonna make it. Glad I did though it was a very insightful tour.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The tour was great. The elevator shaft that goes 1000' below the surface (and 600' below Cripple Creek) was intimidating. It really put things into perspective. I was happy to get donkey information.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine is a must see if you are traveling in the Colorado Springs area! We went because of the great reviews on TripAdviser & were not disappointed. We attended on a rainy & col...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    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!
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Our tour guide was awesome. We had so much fun. Great for kids. My 9 month old did so well. He was amazed.

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