Mayflower Gold Mill
Mayflower Gold Mill
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The American West once had hundreds of precious metal mills. Now, most are in various stages of ruin. One important exception is the Mayflower Mill, (or the Shenandoah-Dives Mill) located two miles northeast of Silverton. A National Historic Landmark, this wonderful piece of mining history is open to the public. Witness first hand how the miners were able to extract gold, silver and base metals from the hard rock ores in this complete processing mill. The San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado were one of the last ranges to be prospected. Although some prospectors were still looking for placer gold, it was becoming quite evident that if any wealth was to be made in the San Juans, it was going to be in underground lode mining.
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Kim D
Columbia, MO6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Fascinating self-guided tour! Easy to follow the arrows through the mill and excellent descriptions of the processing steps. We learned so much! The docent, Freddie, led us on the first bit as there were no other guests. He has worked in several mines and had interesting stories to share. It’s clear he loves the area and sharing history with visitors. So glad this history has been preserved!
Written July 4, 2021
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Jeremy B
Denver, CO14 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
If you're a fan of mining history or just finished visiting the Old Hundred gold mine and are wondering what happens to the thousands of tons of rock ore after it has been removed from the mine, you MUST take this tour! This tour will give you an amazing understanding of how mined ore is broken down into the base metals that are used in everyday life (gold/copper/silver/lead).

The Mayflower Mill was a fully operational ore processing mill that closed in 1991. The tour is self guided beginning with a 30 minute video explaining the history and processes contained within the mill. All of the equipment used to run the mill is still intact and untouched since the day it closed. The tour and the gentlemen and runs the office provide a wealth of information about the process of extracting base metals from tons of ore mined by mines in the area. The mill is still in spectacular shape and has six pieces of equipment that are still energized and work with the push of a button (great if you have kids). Plus they have gold panning and they'll even show you how to do it properly.

The mill itself is located on Route 2 two miles east of Silverton. If you're going to tour the Old Hundred Mine, you pass right by it going there and coming back. The tour cost is very reasonable (LESS THAN HALF THE COST of the Old Hundred Mine Tour and tons more information). The cost is $8/adult. Kids under 13 are free. They also have a nice gift shop with VERY reasonably priced items.

If you have time and like history, mining heritage, or simply enjoy large mechanical things it's really worth a visit!
Written August 14, 2015
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davegidd
Bonsall, CA1,448 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
I didn't even know this place existed until we were driving by on the way to the mine tour. Even then I wasn't quite sure if it is open to tours or not, so we passed it by on the way in. At the mine the guide said to be sure to stop here, so that's what we did. While there is a sign at the entrance it still isn't obvious it is open to the public, but we took a shot and drove up.

The guy manning the counter was extremely informative. He gave each new arrival a complete history of what went on here before turning them loose for the self-guided tour. He was also very receptive to questions when we finished the tour. I don't think we would have gotten as much out of our visit if he hadn't been so forthcoming with information when we arrived. Point is, don't skip his spiel.

The tour itself is interesting even if you aren't all that interested in mining. The mill was closed suddenly, so everything is exactly as it was left on the last day of operation. I found that the most interesting aspect of this place. Of course, there is a lot of history here, too. You can operate some of the machinery by pushing buttons along the way. It looks very authentic, not at all like pushing buttons in a science museum or something recreated. If you take kids be sure to supervise them closely because you are walking around a real mill with all sorts of parts and equipment all over the place. They have tried to fence things in, but there is only so much they can do and keep it as realistic as they have.

Some people probably won't find this all that fascinating, but if you are into mining or just old ruins, this is the place for you. It was nice to fill in the blanks about what happens to the ore after it is mined. You see mine tours all over the country, but you rarely get to learn what happens beyond the mine itself. There is an aerial ore tramway that is still standing that goes all the way across the valley. It is as it was when it was shut down with the ore cars still hanging from the cable. I found the whole place fascinating and definitely worth the time.

The mill is at the end of the paved road through Silverton, so it is easy to get to. The mine tour is a couple of miles beyond the mill.
Written July 23, 2015
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TXLender
McKinney, TX19 contributions
Jul 2021
First, this is a self-guided tour. For the first 10 minutes, we had a guide that set the stage for what it must have been like as a miner or mill worker. He was so good at his first 10 minutes, I wish he would have guided us the rest of the way!

The place would have been much more educational if it was guided. My kids did not want to stop and read the signs that told what we were looking at so I read to them as they whizzed by me to the next stop. Regardless, we got enough out of the tour for them to have a general understanding of what it was that was done there.

In short, we are glad we stopped there. It wasn't the best, but it was definitely worth the stop. Especially to tie in the information from the Old Hundred Mine tour.
Written July 20, 2021
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Sandy O
Sauk City, WI1,093 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
As a motorcyclist, getting in this driveway was awful, but once you have done that, you can drive all the way up if you wish. The mill could be turned back on and be running at the push of the button, and the machines and materials are the same as the day the mill shut down. Do a self guided tour to check out the machinery, the view from the top, and the tools they used during the milling process. There are several levels to this, but the steps are easy to maneuver.
Written August 7, 2018
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Mushmom2
80 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
First I want to say I recommend going to the Old 100 Gold Mine Tour first. It will make visiting the mill much more understandable. This is a self guided tour with the pathway marked and plenty of signs to learn what you are looking at. There are even a few places where you can push buttons and watch the machinery work. The tour gave me a new perspective on the miners and the life they lived. There is a ticket package you can purchase that will get you into the mine, mill and museum which I highly recommend. My one warning would be if you have small children..... This might be a place that they could fall or get hurt unless carried or held onto tightly. The place appears to be left the way it was when it closed with lots of stairs and pathways that little fingers could get in trouble with. Other than being cautious with children I would highly recommend this tour.
Written July 18, 2016
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Summer Pitts
70 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was a self guided tour for the most part. The mill looks untouched from the day operations stopped in the early 90s. It was interesting to see the machinery. There is a video at the end that explains the history of everything. There should be more signs on the tour telling you where to go and where not to. Restricted areas should be roped off. Some of the machines are still operable, and you can push a button to see them work which is neat. Some buttons are not working and need repaired. Some lights need replaced. It's evident a little maintenance is needed. Affordable at ten dollars per person.
Written June 28, 2019
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CarrLotMama
Logan, UT83 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is the type of Museum you sadly don't see very often, but is fascinating. Because the workers were told to walk out and leave everything in its place, it looks like they could walk in and start back up at any moment. It was really neat to see and learn about the milling process. We went here after seeing the hundred gold mine, which put it in perspective. I would definitely go to the mill again, but I think I would ask to skip the video which is a half an hour long. If they redid the video to be about 10 minutes I would have given them 5 stars.
The gondolas used for hauling ore, supplies and men were one of my favorite parts.
Written August 23, 2018
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Edward Duke B
Ivins, UT28 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Original mill last used in the 1950's. The tour is self guided with information stations along the route. Ore was brought to the mill via a long tram system of buckets from the mine site way up Arastra Gulch. The ore was crushed by cone, rod and ball mills to a fine powder to release the gold, silver and other minerals. Mercury was the primary agent to 'extract' the gold, but a high heat process was used the last ten years of operation. An elaborate system of conveyor belts and separation processes make this a must see to give you a feel for old mining mills.
Written July 5, 2018
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The Mill was built in the 1920s.
Written July 6, 2018
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Ken
Loveland, CO1,068 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Love this place, enough to take my family twice and recommend it to friends. Very educational. Kid-friendly too: in a stroke of genius, they hooked up various pieces of equipment to push-buttons so the kids can see them actually work. One example is a BIG auger that will rotate on command. It was only $24 for our family of four. Highly recommended if you find mining interesting or just like learning.
Written March 22, 2018
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