Since 1891, the “Mollie” has been producing gold ore 1,000 feet under Cripple Creek. Travel deep underground via elevator and experience one of the largest gold mines in Colorado!
After over fifty years of conducting public mine tours, this country’s only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour just got bigger and better as an adventure never to be forgotten descending the earth to explore the underground mine workings of the 1890’s hard rock gold miner. Expect to encounter many new improvements as they explore the overlapping evolution of all four mining phases used to extract gold from the Mollie Kathleen Mine. Witness the operation of numerous pieces of air powered gold mining equipment from drifter drills, tuggers, slushers, stoper drills, jack leg drills, rocker shovel mucking machines, and even an early 1900’s air powered steam hoist that is believed to be the smallest steam hoist ever manufactured.
In a newly opened tour area of the mine, visitors will stand on the 1,000 foot level and gaze upward into the Queen Bess stope that extends 700 feet to the Mollie Kathleen 400 foot level, as they learn the life of the stope-rat miner. Ride aboard the last air powered Tram-Air Locomotive manufactured in Cripple Creek, Colorado, traveling the same century old mine rail that miners rode with shipments of gold ore, as they explore several gold vein structures of the Mollie Kathleen Mine that reveal how gold veins appear in their natural state. For the rock hound, all new this year and worth the price of admission alone, is a 1,000 foot underground mineral display that showcases telluride of gold ore specimens.
Descend underground as you partake in the only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the USA. Experience the “Old West” as it was for hard rock gold miners of “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp”, Cripple Creek, Colorado, as you explore America’s favorite gold mine tour! Tours last about an hour and the mine is always about 50 degrees, so plan accordingly. However, they do have jackets you may borrow if you’d like.
Once your tour is complete, check out the Company Store at the Mollie. Full of gold ore, great gifts, clothing and novelties, the gift shop has something for everyone!
After your gold mine tour, we highly recommend you try the Hard Rock Diner right on site. A local favorite and it is a unique dining experience overlooking the gold hills of Cripple Creek. It’s nothing fancy, just high-quality, darn-good food! You HAVE to try it!