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San Juan County Historical Society

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Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, Silverton, CO 81433
Phone Number: +1 970-387-5609
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Description: 16,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in...
16,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the country! Also see the 1902 fully renovated 1902 jail next to Mining Museum. A must see!!!! Open Memorial Day Weekend to mid-October.
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Loved reading about the history of San Juan County and western mining in Colorado. This is a beautifully preserved building. The folks there, including some locals just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Loved reading about the history of San Juan County and western mining in Colorado. This is a beautifully preserved building. The folks there, including some locals just visiting, were all very friendly and informative. Well worth going...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Interesting buildings and a surprisingly large and interesting collection. Our visit really added to our enjoyable visit to Silverton.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Silverton has a very rich mining history. The historic society has spent decades accumulating interesting articles, photos, artifacts, historical essays and accounts, even properties and assets to help document keep the history alive. The museum, mill, the Old Hundred Mine and other area attractions all work together to provide visitors with a great visit that is both fun and educational.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was a really, really cool an eye opening experience. The Silverton area is all about mining (not tourism) and this museum brings that to history to life. Go… you'll stay longer than you think

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Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

As you look out at the beautiful scenery with the mine tailings making the mountain strange red and gold colors, you may wonder about this area's history. This museum is a real gem with all the info you could want about mining and minerals. The stories of vigilante justice upstairs by the jail cages are interesting. It was a state-of-the-art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

this has a rich and interesting history, I very much enjoyed this tour, be sure to check out the huge chain saw. You will learna and appreciate the mining heritage after visiting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The museum was large and covered a lot of different things. If it wasn't for the kids and trying to make the mine tour I think we could have spent two or three hours there. I would visit again on a return trip!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We came upon this museum by chance and I am so glad we went in. It is absolutely brilliant and well worth the seven dollar entrance fee.We spent so much time in there that we could not go on to Ouray that day. There is so much to see and I would say this is one of the best museums... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Our family of four loved this museum! We were very impressed with the quality and variety of the exhibits ranging from jail cells to Victorian era bedrooms! The museum helped us all gain a deeper appreciation for the early mining industry and the resourcefulness of the men and women during that time period.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This a fantastic museum, on three floors, plus an attached, refurbished old jail museum. The entry price is well worth it, because of the size and quality of the exhibits. Most of the museum is devoted to the history of mining in the area, with many authentic artifacts, bios, dioramas, ore cars, and much more. Third floor is more of... More 

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