Washington Gold Mine

The Washington Gold Mine near Breckenridge dates back to the early 1880s. | Photo by Dean Krafft / flickr.com

Staff writer

The Washington Gold Mine is a historic silver and gold mine operated by the Summit Historical Society in Illinois Gulch on Barney Ford Hill just south of Breckenridge.

The mine dates back to the early 1880s and has five main shafts and more than 10,000 feet of underground workings. It was one of the area’s largest mines and employed more than 30 men in its heyday, which continued to 1905.

The tour takes visitors through buildings at the mine’s headworks, including a prospector’s cabin, the original shafthouse and a tramway to the tipple where ore was hand-sorted before proceeding to the mine’s concentration mill.

Visitors also can learn to pan for gold.

The mine is open only in the summer.

Washington Gold Mine
465 Illinois Gulch Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-9767