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San Juan County Historical Society

Address: 1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, PO Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433
Phone Number: +1 970-387-5609
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Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Silverton
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: 16,000 Sq. Ft Mining Heritage Center. One of the BEST Mining Museums in the country! Also see the...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Silverton is very special. I have been there many times over the years. I don't visit Colorado without finding an excuse to visit Silverton (and Ouray). Silverton has very few lodging choices. Of course, there are reasons for that. It is nearly inaccessible for much of the year and it lies at an elevation of about 9,500 feet. The Museum... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

lots of history here for you to enjoy. spend an hour or two or more the museum is awesome is not to expensive.

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Durango, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Huge collection of late 1800 artifacts and a self guided tour of the original jail / cage of this wild west mining town.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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162 reviews 162 reviews
53 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is not a classically curated museum - rather it is more of a folk museum, albeit with a mining bent. But what a little treasure trove. The county jail was particularly interesting but the remainder of the complex was filled with a wide variety of collections from door knobs to fireman's helmets with lots of technology oriented items. Perhaps... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It costs $7 to get in and doesn't look like much but it is amazing everything that they were able to fit into this space! You start out in the jailers house and see the jail rooms and where the sheriff lived. You can actually go into the cells and it makes for a great photo op. You then take... More 

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Tallassee, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

In historical county jail one not only sees interesting artifacts of the town's past but be prepared for the most extensive rock and mineral collection related to area mining outside of a university collection.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1,051 reviews 1,051 reviews
813 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Didn't look like much when we drove up, but once we entered it was an extraordinary old time history museum. The exhibits are marvelous especially the jail section. Don't miss this one

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Osceola, AR
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74 reviews 74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The SJCHS has a museum on the South end of town... next to the courthouse. For a town its size.. it's really good. They show many aspects of the mining business and related industries.. like jails, stagecoaches and person life. It's like most other places, but covers a lot of space. Many museums take an hour or so, but give... More 

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143 reviews 143 reviews
27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A great museum that is really well put together. The museum focuses In the history of Silverton and the mining that took place here. During the tour you will go into the old jail that has been restored. You will tour a three story mining exhibit that explains the basic principles of how mines operated in this area. You will... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We spent over an hour going through the entire museum which on in several buildings all connected. There was an elevator in the main building for all 3 floors. Many, many artifacts and old items from back in the day. We also enjoyed the collections of minerals and rocks that were loaned by individual collectors. We had plenty of time... More 

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