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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  • I thought this tour of the gold mine would be kind of boring, because I didn't think there'd really be anything to see. But much to my surprise it was a wonderful tour a thousand feet under the ground...  more »
  • If you like real history, and not some glorified story this is it. Going down 0ne thousand feet in a cramped, dark cold elevator you could begin to understand what life was like in 1890. This is not D...  more »
  • The mine is at the entrance to Cripple Creek, a historic town with gambling. You go about 1000 feet down and tour for about an hour. You learn about the mine’s and surrounding area history and has a l...  more »

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