Idaho Springs

Hanchette Building in Idaho Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer From the usual rough mining camp of the 1860s, Idaho Springs has matured into a calm and welcoming get-away, with historic excursions and ache-easing hot springs and spa. Hiking trails and white water rafting appeal to the energetic. In 1859, drawn by the mist from the natural hot springs at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, prospector George Jackson stumbled onto one of the richest loads of surface…

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Phoenix Gold Mine

Phoenix Gold Mine near Idaho Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer The Phoenix Gold Mine is a working mine just west of Idaho Springs that invites visitors inside for tours. The mine belongs to Al Mosch, who has mined in area for 60 years. He leads one-hour tours of the mine, which is at 46 to 52 degrees year-round. The namesake Phoenix Vein was discovered in 1871 and changed hands several times, with extensive work being done in the…

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Argo Gold Mine and Mill

Argo Gold Mine near Idaho Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer The Argo Gold Mine and Mill leads visitors into the world of mining and processing gold ore and lets them try their hand at gold panning. The five-story mill, with its 4.5-mile tunnel to Central City, operated for more than 80 years and sent $200 million dollars worth of gold to Denver smelters. The mill, a national historic landmark, was renovated and opened to the public as an…

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Idaho Springs Heritage Museum

Abandoned gold mill near Idaho Springs
November 2, 2011

Staff writer Artifacts and exhibits at the Idaho Springs Heritage Museum tell the story of the area’s history, from native American residents, geological specimens, mining tools, handcrafts, ski equipment and other bits of every day life past. The museum was built in 1991 and is run by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs. The society also manages the Underhill Museum in the former home of surveyor and mining engineer James…

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Indian Hot Springs

Staff writer The bubbling wonder of the Indian Hot Springs along Soda Creek drew Ute and Indian tribes for centuries before gold mining brought a flood of miners from the east. George Jackson, who first discovered placer gold in the Rocky Mountains stumbled onto a rich lode, drawn by a mysterious haze rising into the clear air. Soon, the miners who followed Jackson’s find were enjoying the hot waters after…

November 2, 2011
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