Western Museum of Mining and Industry
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A Hands-On Museum with Authentic Operating Steam Engines, Drills, Hoists and a 1890s Stamp Mill
GOLD! SILVER! GOLD! GOLD! GOLD burns pleasure into the hearts of men and women everywhere. It drew thousands on foot, wagon, and horseback to the gold fields of the West. Towns appeared overnight and new territories explored and developed. Western Museum of Mining & Industry Celebrates Colorado's rich and colorful mining past, and brings you into the current events of today's mining operations.
A non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the West's mining heritage.
27 ACRES of INDOOR and OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN
1890s Stamp Mill Gold and Silver Refinery
A stamp mill is a type of mill machine that crushes material by pounding rather than grinding, either for further processing or for extraction of metallic ores.
This 10-stamp mill was carefully reproduced in 1978 by the museum's staff using 19th century construction methods. Many of the machines on display are from the Yellow Jacket Mill that was located in Montezuma, Colorado.
From the jaw crusher to the amalgamating tables, the machinery on display is typical of the Western mills from 1890-1920.
Mine Reclamation Exhibit
Mine reclamation is the process of restoring mined lands back to productive use after mining has occurred.
Today, reclamation is an essential part of the mining process. From wildlife habitat to water quality, environmental science is integral to mine reclamation. This exhibit provides an interdisciplinary learning experience by exploring the relationships between soil, slope, and vegetation; and how the Preble's mouse is linked to the ecosystem of the Front Range.
Reynolds Ranch House -- State Register of Historic Properties in 1997
The Reynolds Ranch House has two distinctive characteristics: A Queen Anne Farmhouse in a rural setting; and it is the last vestige of the once-thriving community of Husted, a former Denver & Rio Grande railroad supply town and depot. The museum intends to restore the home as an 1894 Queen Anne farmhouse before providing tours and other interpretive activities.
July 14-15, 2018 9am to 5pm Anniversary Weekend
Come celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry! We will showcase why WMMI is known as the Museum that works!
- A full weekend of family fun
- Hear the operational steam engines roar to life
- See the 1890s Yellow Jacket Stamp Mill in operation
- Visit the working blacksmith shop
- Exhibits and Vendors featuring crystal, fossils, gem and jewelry
- Gold Canyon Gunfighters and food trucks
- GOLD PANNING KEEP what you find!
Open All Year -- Closed on Major Holidays
Daily guided tours at 10am and 1pm. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 16.
ADMISSION: $9 Adults, $8 Military/AAA, $7 Students 13+ and Seniors over 60, $5 Child 4-12 year old, while kids under 3 are free with a paid adult.
Group Info: Reservations recommended for groups of 10 or more.
Location in Colorado Springs
Nestled along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in scenic Colorado Springs you will find the Western Museum of Mining and Industry off of I-25 and right across from the Air Force Academy. Take I-25 to Exit 156.
ADDRESS: 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80921
For Current Rates and Guided Tour Information: 719-488-0880, mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.
- Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Seniors. Groups. Military Personnel.
- Elevation: 6035 feet above sea level.
- Region: Colorado Springs Metro - South Central, Colorado
- Restaurant: On site.
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard. Discover Card.
Technology For Guests To Use In a Common Area
- Internet Cafe: On site.
GROUPS REUNIONS AND WEDDINGS
- Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
- Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 75
- Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 500
FUN THINGS TO DO
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
Primarily Year Round Activities
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Museum: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
- Internet Cafe: On site.
Primarily Summer Activities
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.