Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum
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A National Historic Sites -- Fun for all ages
Learn to pan for gold!
Over one hundred years of Colorado history since 1893. See how gold bearing ore was processed at the turn of the last century as you tour our Historic Mining & Milling Museum. TOUR Double Eagle Gold Mine and relive the days when mining was king. National Historic Site. Pan for gold and gemstones.
Historic Mining & Milling Museum: See how gold bearing ore was processed at the turn of the century. The Museum has a display of many fine ore and mineral specimens and a collection of old photographs, mining tools and equipment.
Double Eagle Gold Mine: The mine is located on the Argo Gold Mill site and is part of the tour you will enjoy as you relive the days when mining was king. Inspect a real gold mine unchanged since the early miners first worked it.
The Tunnel: In 1893, construction of the Argo Tunnel began, it would be 17 years before it would reach Central City, over 4.2 miles away. The Tunnel provided water drainage, ventilation and economical transportation of the gold bearing ore from the many mines it intersected along the way.
The Mill: The Argo Mill was constructed to process the gold bearing ore from these mines. When completed the Argo would be the largest mill of its type in the world. The Mill processed over 100 million dollars of Gold Ore at the old time prices of $18.00 to $35.00 per ounce and stands today as a memorial to the Hard Rock Miners of the day...When Gold was King!
Your Tour Begins: In Argotown where an experienced guide will inform you of the history of the Tunnel, the Mine and the Mill. You will be transported up to the mine which is the same level as the top of the Mill. You can walk through the Mine and then down through the Mill, reading and observing the equipment, tools, and the process used to extract the gold. The Museum displays tools and relics used by the Miners at the turn of the century.
Your Tour Ends: FREE gold panning instructions. Keep your gold, FREE. Try your luck with a pan of free Gold Ore tailings or buy a sack of Guaranteed Gold or Gemstone Ore. Many folks are surprised to learn that Gemstones found in Colorado include Peridot, Topaz, Garnet, Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Diamonds, Agates and the State Gemstone "Aquamarine." Keep everything you recover. On duty staff will identify all Gemstones found.
Open everyday May to September from 9 am - 6 pm
DIRECTIONS: 32 miles west of Denver just off I-70, perfect for a day of fun in the mountains. 2350 Riverside Drive, after your tours, go whitewater rafting with Highside Rafting located on site.
PO Box 1990, Idaho Springs CO 80452; 303-567-2421.
Indian Springs Resort & Campground World Famous - Natural Hot Mineral Springs World Famous - Natural Hot Mineral Springs facility open all year. 30 minutes west of Denver via I-70 in Idaho Springs. Rooms and NEW cabins include use of indoor mineral water swimming pool.
Argo Inn & Suites This well-maintained Inn is along Clear Creek. Each morning enjoy a Continental breakfast served. Rooms feature: mini-fridge, microwave, air-conditioning, free WI-FI; a few have fireplaces and jetted tubs, while many sport a private deck overlooking Clear Creek. Enjoy the slower paced life of Colorado's mountains with the vitality of a metro area 20 minutes away.
- Elevation: 7600 feet above sea level.
- Region: Denver Area - North Central, Colorado
- Region: Denver Mountain Area - North Central, Colorado
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard.
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 5/1 to 9/30
- Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
- Mine Tours: On site.