Last Chance Mine & Museum
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Last Chance Mine: The Only Mineral Rock Collecting Site Open To The Public
HISTORY: The Last Chance Mine was the last major silver strike in Colorado, while other silver mine camps were already declining, prospector Nicholas Creede discovered silver in 1889. He was soon joined by several Del Norte Butchers including Ralph Granger. The Granger family soon became the sole owner until Jack Morris bought the mine in 1998. Three years later he moved to Creede and began restoring three mine buildings. In 2012, he opened the Last Chance Mine as a rock and mineral-collecting site and historic attraction.
ROCK HOUNDS-ROCK HUNTING: Come visit one of the oldest mines around and collect beautiful minerals, such as: Sowbelly Agate, found only here in the Creede mining district! You can also find rare turquoise, galena, zinc, shalpalerite, pink rhodonite, native silver, chalcopyrite, copper, red jasper, pyrite, black manganese coated amethyst crystals, amethyst crystal plates, and drusy amethyst, cessurite, galena ferrous silver. What you find is yours to keep, for only $2 per pound.
PRESERVATION. RESTORATION: We try to keep as much of the original building as possible allowing for safety and ease of access. The original floor plans are followed as closely as possible. In 2011 we Built the Museum housing mining items from 1891 to 1949. Morris plans to open the Nancy Granger Schallen Museum with displays of minerals, mining equipment, and artifacts from the Last Chance and other Creede mines.
TOURS: Underground tours are planned for summer 2016, the Last Chance Mine has 13 levels of tunnels stretching for 30 miles, #2 portal was opened in 2014 and re-timbered in 2015.
GEO CACHE: Yes - there is a geo cache hidden Latitude: 37.891874000000 - Longitude: 106.942093000000.
LAST CHANCE MINE STORE: All Jewelry is made by Jack Morris, owner, with amethyst, sowbelly agate, turquoise, silver ore. You can also purchase rocks, minerals and clothing.
LOCATION: 5 miles north of Creede on the South Loop of the Bachelor Historic Tour; 504 Last Chance Mine ROAD, Creede CO 81130.
For Current Tour Information; Directions, and to chat about Creede's Rich Mining History: 719-238-7959.
- Elevation: 10600 feet above sea level.
- Region: Creede - Southwest, Colorado
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card. American Express.
- Groups Welcome: Youth group with adult leaders.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
- Central Picnic Area with BBQ Grills: Yes
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 7
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in COVERED Outdoor Picnic Area: 12
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 8
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 5/28 to 10/16
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
- Museum: On site.
- Mine Tours: On site.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.
- Hunting in Area: On site.
- Private Land Unguided Hunting On-Site: Yes.
- Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
- Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
- Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
- Deer Hunting: Yes.
- Elk Hunting: Yes.
- Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 76,