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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

1 mile N. Hwy. 67, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Tours
Description: The only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the U.S.; the vein was discovered by Mollie Kathleen Gortner in 1891.
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Omaha, Nebraska
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Don't hesitate, just go and enjoy. A bit cramped going down the shaft but that only takes a minute or two. Put on a sweatshirt and shoes - not flip flops if possible. Great history lesson that kids and adults will enjoy. Guides are fantastic so don't forget to tip. Amazing experience you won't want to miss.

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Marlin, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Visited this mine 20 years ago and was pleased to find it still open for tours. Tour has been improved and Dustin, our tour guide, was very informative. Wear a jacket and be aware you are going down 1,000 feet on a tight elevator. But this is such a large part of Colorado's history and must see!

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Fairport, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a real event.. If you elect the mine tour you will be taken straight down 1000 feet below the ground level.. You you be transported in a wire cage and you'll feel like a sardine..very tight fit.its takes well over a minute to reach the mine floor.. but it feels like forever.. its better if you close your... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Okay, so we chickened out at the last minute and opted not to take the cage elevator apparatus down 1000 feet underground to look around, although in hindsight, perhaps we should have. Up above, there are photo opportunities, a cute, rusty railroad car diner where you can get a burger or hot dog and fries. You can also see exactly... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Great mine tour. Our guide is a retired underground, hardrock, miner and really knew his trade. Easily answered our questions. Wonderfull examples of how the mine operated and how the miners lived. Getting in and out of the mine is not for the faint of heart because you decend 1000 feet in a small man cage. The tour took an... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We loved this tour. How often do you get to go 1000 feet underground? The underground tour was set up to educate on the progression of mining tools from the early days of mining to today. At each stop after our guide educated us he did a short demonstration of the tools. What a noisy and tough job miners have.... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had Alicia for our guide and she was amazing! It was refreshing to have a guide who truly enjoyed her job and shared her vast knowledge of mining with us. The whole mine and tour is set up very well and very educational.

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Westville, Indiana
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93 reviews 93 reviews
75 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was our first stop of the day. They do tell you if you're not fond of close spaces, this tour isn't for you. That accounts for most of the 1 & 2 star ratings, but it's clearly stated. You can even see how people get down there. You basically go down the way the miners got to work every... More

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very interesting. Great tour guild. Well worth the time and money.Dont forget a jacket. It's cool down there.

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Orlando, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
27 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We came here so we could compare tours as we had another mine tour booked later in the week. This one was easy to walk up, pay for, and do the same day. It's $18 for a 1 hour tour. The signs everywhere state that there is no refund even for claustrophobia. I didn't know how many people were placed... More

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