Argo Mill and Tunnel, Idaho Springs

The Argo Gold Mine and Mill is a former mining and milling property consisting of a gold mine and gold mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado, built at the entrance of the Argo Tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1893 and 1910 to drain the gold mines in Virginia Canyon, Gilpin Gulch, Russell Gulch, Quartz Hill, Nevadaville, and Central City and allow easier ore removal. The mill was built at the entrance of the tunnel to process ore from the many mines drained by the tunnel. The property had been closed from 1943 until 1976, when it was purchased by James N. Maxwell. He wanted to preserve an example of the Colorado gold rush mines. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January 1978.
The Argo Mill is open all year for tours, weather permitting. Visitors see a brief history movie, mining equipment demonstration and then are transported to the top of the property. They will get a brief view of the Argo Tunnel then descend down through the Argo Mill. Afterwards, visitors pan for gold.
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  • Rachel did a wonderful guided tour of ARGO Mill, really enjoyed the trip. The place was left as it is, with all tools and equipment in place, which gives a good picture of the working conditions of th...  more »
  • This was the best place on our trip and we will come back is Joe amazing the history and seeing things with our eyes and at the end it shows how to get gold the best if you need somewhere to go come h...  more »
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  • Great tour of an amazing period of Colorado history. The tour guide did an awesome job not only talking about the history, but also the process of milling the gold. I highly recommend going on this tour!
  • Our guide was super fun, had lots of knowledge, and was just excited about sharing all the history and information with us! Wish we could have gone further in the tunnel, but the mill was more than expected!

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