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Mayflower Gold Mill

135 County Road 2, Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-0294
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in Silverton
Type: Historic Sites
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Littleton, CO
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128 reviews 128 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Good self-guided tour. We were glad we watched the introductory video explaining the process, which helped us understand the processes we later saw in the mill. You also get to turn on some of the machinery and watch it operate! Highly recommend.

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The mill sits like the day the they stopped operating it. Ore remains on the conveyor belts, spare parts are on the shelves, the ore carts hang on the cable in the tram tower and across the valley, metal shavings from the tool lathe remain. It is literally like they opened the mill one day and they shut it down... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was the "activity of the day" that my grandson picked to see. It was interesting, educational and entertaining for all ages. He loved all the machinery and belts. Some of the machines still can be operated at the push of a button. Well worth the price of admission.

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Derby, Kansas
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I wrote my masters thesis on Leadville, Colorado and have been a mining buff for years, exploring old mining towns, giving programs on Colorado mining history, but the Mayflower Gold Mill was a first!! Active until 1991, this is an "intact" mill, with all the machinery there--conveyor belts, grinding machines and the metal balls that went inside, the dozens of... More

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WestSlope,CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We've prowled around the old mining roads by jeep and ATV but never took the time to stop at this historic site. On a recent rainy day, we decided to stop and are very glad we did. Very interesting and educational! The view from the tram house is worth the price of admission. The San Juan County Historical Society is... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Mill is in excellent original condition. Tools, machinery, offices, etc, still in place and some operable with a push of a button! there is even still some ore in the buckets, and storage containers. A film starts the tour explaining more than I needed to know, but my husband loved it as well as the rest of the guys in... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Some tours of old ore processing mills are rather superficial and you don't get to see the machinery up close or the mill has just a few pieces of equipment remaining. This mill is just as it was when it shut down in 1991 with all of the equipment still in the building. The self-guided tour is amazing. You start... More

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Nederland, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Fascinating mill about what happens once the rocks come out of the mine. You will also get to pan for gold. A lot of places charge.

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Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Worth the time if you're at all interested in mines and mills. There are some interactive displays that are cool for kids.

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Kirtland, Ohio
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We went on this self guided tour after the gold mine tour. It really educates one on the difficulty of gold extraction from the rocks that were mined locally. The explanations of the equipment were very well done. Visitors are also permitted to run some of the equipment. Engineers would find this attaraction very interesting. Take your time on this... More

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