“Our family rated this a ten on a scale of 1-10. A total surprise!”
When you go into the rustic mine shaft elevator for the 1,000 foot, 1.5 minute descent into the Mollie Kathleen Mine, it definitely falls into the "this is outside my comfort zone" category. After we got our bearings, we were fascinated by the life and times of hard rock miners, and the detailed explanations of how and why the gold mining industry took place in Cripple Creek, Colorado. The real story, in my mind, is how a woman at the turn of the century, Mollie Kathleen Gortner, was able to stake the claim to this mine, one of the most productive in all of U.S. history. Our "real miner" guide, who was tremendous, didn't touch on this aspect, but he guided us through the history, tactics, explosives, and the hard work it took three miners each day to make one foot of tunnel in this extraordinary place. Burros were belayed down the 1,000 foot shaft! Wow! We all learned a lot, and all of us, to a person, were glad we did this tour. It was recommended through Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association.
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