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New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants

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The mission of the NMMM is to preserve the rich historical legacy of mining and the related culture of Grants/Cibola County and to promote its significant mining heritage by educating the public.

The initial boom in the Grants area started soon after Paddy Martinez, a Navajo sheepherder, found uranium-bearing outcrops in the Todilto Limestone Member of the Wanakah Formation at the foot of Haystack Butte in the spring of 1950.

Major Mining Companies: Kerr-McGee Corp. Homestake Mining Co. Anaconda Mining Co. United Nuclear Co. later mining companies, Chevron, and Conoco.
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  • Blue water reservoir located outside of Grants about 25 miles is well worth the trip it's an excellent place to Camp also do fishing and Hiking there's very good fishing for Muskie year I've caught as...  more »
  • We visited the Mining Museum per a recommendation from a family member. Turns out Jack, our tour guide, worked with my boyfriend's grandfather in the early 80s. The museum offered local culture inform...  more »
  • Jack our 83 year old guide who spent his whole working life underground took us down into a mock up of the mine and gave us a thoroughly interesting first hand insight into the hardships they faced. H...  more »
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  • Exceptional museum of uranium mining. A highlight of old route 66 in Grants, New Mexico.
  • The museum itself has wonderful pieces, photo and video of mining and the area. When you go underground, each station depicts a different step in the uranium mining process, with a push button audio system which describes the details. And if you are really lucky, mining retiree Jack Farley will be there to act as a live tour guide. A Korean War veteran, Jack was a miner for 43 years and he really brings the history of mining to life. Learned a lot here, very enjoyable. to life.
  • I'd lived in Grants for years and only visited as a tourist years later. The museum is thoughtful, we'll put together and I certainly learned more about mining, Grants and the history of the area. It's not a huge location and absolutely worth it if you are in town.
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  • Its very cool experience an you walk through the whole experience with an experienced miner who has won a saftey award displayed right there in the museum. I would go again i in joyed it so much