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San Juan County Historical Society

1557 Greene St. - Courthouse Square, PO Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433
970-387-5838970-387-5838
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Silverton
Type: History 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... more » 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!!!! « less
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Osceola, AR
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Derby, Kansas
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum, next to the county court house is deceiving. Your tour starts in the old jail, with escape proof steel cells built inside the second floor room but as your tour continues, you go through a tunnel into the main museum that is devoted to the mining history of this town aptly named "SILVER"ton. There is a three-story display... More

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Chico, CA
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74 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum and the adjoining old jail were worth every penny of the entry fee. We spent two hours rambling around in it and I think I could have gone back through and still have seen things I missed on the first trip. Almost all of the exhibits are provided by and staged by volunteers, and the docent at the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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53 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

there is actually quite a bit of things to see and do at this little historical place. We spent quite a bit of time there. It was really interesting to see (and read) how Silverton came to be and how it's changed to what it has become today! Well worth taking the time to see it!

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Denver, Colorado
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After running around the mountains, sometimes it is kind of hard to slow down to go look at a museum - but this one is worth it. It actually is one of the best small town museums I have seen. The museum houses a vast collection of sundry items - but also houses one of the old jails (there were... More

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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197 reviews 197 reviews
128 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stopped here almost as an afterthought. Almost didn't gi in after seejng it wad $7 a person. Glad we did! This place has something for any interest, not just mining stuff, slthough there is a mock-up of a mine in the basement. The old jail is recreated as well. You should check it out, none of us thought we... More

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Denver, Colorado
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124 reviews 124 reviews
67 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We've been here two times, every time I visit I find something new. They have a great exhibit about mining. You might think that isn't that unusual given the towns history, but it gives visitors a a chance to walk through what a real mine would be like. The museum is three floor and includes the jail. It's worth the... More

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Zuni, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The cashier was friendly and knowledgeable. Very nicely laid out. You can tell that the people take pride in this museum.

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