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“Very interesting; history in its natural state”

Tonopah Historic Mining Park
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Tonopah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is on the site of Belle and Jim Butler's original mining claim which started the rush to Tonopah making it the "Queen of the Silver Camps." The mining park, encompassing portions of four of the major mining companies and covering 113 acres, preserves this rich history and brings it to life with exhibits of equipment and imaginative self-guided tours. The park also offers a Guided Polaris Tour. The park collects, restores and displays mining artifacts on the site and in the original buildings. Come and visit us at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park, where history comes alive. We are open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm, excluding all Federal Holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Miramar Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very interesting; history in its natural state”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

If you're looking for an authentic mining experience, this tour is a definite must. You'll get a chance to hike around, enjoy the site of old buildings and mining equipment, and learn about the history of the area. If you enjoy seeing historic equipment, buildings, etc in their natural state (and without a lot of excessive "interpretation"), I highly recommend this tour.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank AndrewCamp
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wish We Had More Time”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We decided to pop through the Mining Park on our way out of Tonopah. Because of these circumstances, we did not have much time to explore the museum. The man working there was enthusiastic, kind, and knowledgeable, and there were plenty of fun artifacts from Tonopah's mining history. We wished we had had more time to watch the twenty-minute video and look more through the displays, and we plan to return.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank MaJaHa95
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Victoria, Canada
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Historic Silver City”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Large park, explains the mining process and history of Tonopah, once Silver City. It is a large area, well signed and worth spending the time to explore.

Visited May 2013
Thank TravelGalVic
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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A fascinating trip back in time”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to the mining park. The gentleman who greeted me at the visitor center supplied me with a map of the grounds and seemed quite knowledgeable about the mines. There is plenty to see and the tour can be done at your own pace with as much or as little walking around as you desire. I highly recommend a stop here.

Visited June 2013
Thank Raphael W
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Tucson, Arizona
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100 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great Information on Mining History”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I'm a big fan of old western mining history and have wanted to visit this place for years and years, but have never had the chance until now. Not many others visiting while I was up there so made it that much better. You are allowed in several of the hoist houses to view the old machinery and there is even an area where you are standing over an open stope looking down into the darkness of an old vein. I spent half a day walking around and taking it all in. The staff member in the visitor center was also extremely helpful in answering questions. If you like old mining towns and their history as much as I do then check this place out.

Visited July 2013
Thank tptraveler11
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