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“Adds perspective to much of what you'll see in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
1 mile N. Hwy. 67, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
719-689-2466
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Type: Mines, Tours, Cultural
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Owner description: The only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the U.S.; the vein was discovered by Mollie Kathleen Gortner in 1891.
Castle Rock, Colorado
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“Adds perspective to much of what you'll see in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2010

We stopped in on a whim, and are so glad we did!

It was the end of low season (Mother's Day weekend), so it was a light group (just 4 adults on our tour). The tour guides are also miners (only tours, or mining, can go on at once -- so if you're on a tour, they aren't actively mining), so they're not what you'd get at Disneyland, but you'll get authenticity. I went with my husband, who is claustrophobic, but since this didn't involve crawling into tight spaces, he was fine. Can't speak for how it might affect someone who doesn't deal well with not being able to see daylight.

We really appreciated the chance to see and hear some of the equipment that was used in the early days of mining. It was money well-spent, in our opinion. And yes, the elevator that takes you down to the level of the tour is tiny (the 4 of us plus our tour guide was plenty cozy), but again, it adds to the understanding of what the miners actually went through.

Wear shoes that you don't mind getting a touch muddy (depending on the amount of moisture in the tunnels, you might be stepping in some very shallow puddles), and bring a medium jacket (it's about 50° F in the tunnels)

Also, we spoke with one of the owners, and she said that construction on permanent toilets for visitors is in the works, so the porta-potties are short-lived. But please remember, you're in a very small town, not a full-fledged resort, so lots of things you might expect in other towns, you may not find here. Go with the flow, enjoy the characters you meet, remember the history of the town, drink lots of water, and enjoy!!

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Phoenix
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“A Fun Mine Tour...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2010

but beware of bs from the tour guide!
There were a few factual errors...like "gold isn't yellow until it's heated to 1800 degrees", "I worked in a copper mine in Montana 18,000 feet deep where it was 182 degrees", etc., etc.
Our tour guide greatly embellished too many facts, and was impersonal to almost the point of being rude or gruff, but still it was fun going underground and seeing the mine up close.

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Chicago, IL
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“Excellent attraction - worth the stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

I have been on at least six mine tours and this is the best. We had Jason for our tour guide. Jason works in the mine as well as gives tours. Jason really knows the mining business top to bottom and inside and out. Jason fielded all questions with expert answers. Now, the really impressive thing about this tour is that Jason fires up the drilling equipment and miscellaneous mining equipment and shows you how each piece works! This is the real deal equipment that they currently use in the mine as well as a couple of antique pieces to demonstrate a little of the mining tools history.

Did I mention that the level of the mine you will be walking through is 1,000 feet underground? Have you seen the Empire State Building? The ESB height is equal to how far underground you will be.

By all means, STOP and see this outstanding mine.

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Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Tour - Poor Accommadations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

The tour was great, very fun very educational. However be sure to use the restroom before you get there. All they have is one porta-potty which was TOTALLY full. I had a potty trained toddler with me who needed a bathroom. When asked if my child could use the indoor/employee bathroom, the owner said there wasn't one (I could see it). We had already bought tickets for 11 people. I won't be returning.

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Missouri
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“Interesting Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

The tour was very interesting. I'm not sure I could recommend it to someone who doeasn't like small spaces. The ride in/out of the mine was the only part of the tour were space with an issue. They pack 9+ people into a extremely small elevator. The tour was great, so if you can do the elevator.....do the tour.

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