View striking mineral and metal samples at the South Dakota School of Mines Technology Museum of Geology in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Hill Annex Mine State Park is located on the grounds of the sixth largest iron producer in the United States. The open pit Hill Annex Mine extracted natural iron ore from the Mesabi Range of northern Minnesota from 1913 to 1978. The Hill Annex Mine captures an era of mid-century mining that is often overlooked in other mining museums. Equipment, records, and other artifacts from the Hill Annex Mine are all on display at the Clubhouse Museum.
In the remote green forests of the Keweenaw Copper Mining District and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the Adventure Mine, a historic copper mine and current tourist attraction with tours through the remaining workings.
Quincy Mine (“Old Reliable”) was the most successful 1840-era mine and continues to draw visitors to its historic works in Hancock, Michigan.
Minnesota is a state known for lakes, mosquitos, and iron. The incredibly iron rich state is doted with mines but none is more notable than the Soudan Mine, Minnesota’s oldest and deepest iron ore mine and where the industry found its start in 1884.
Take a step back in history and experience the industry that defined the Black Hills and Deadwood, South Dakota with a tour of the Broken Boot Gold Mine. This modest mine operated fro 26 years from 1878 to 1904. Now visitors can experience part of Deadwood history and walk through the historic tunnels.
The Sierra Silver Mine just north of Wallace, Idaho, while a poor silver producer finds new life as an educational hotspot where tourists learn the history of Idaho’s richest mining district, view demonstrations of hard-rock mining, and see samples of regional ore.
The Borax Museum is a relatively small collection of mining artifacts, borax products, and local history housed in one of the oldest structures in Death Valley National Park. Along with displays of picks, pans, soap flakes, and arrow heads is an outdoor collection of mining and other industrial equipment used across Death Valley at the turn of the century.
Nestled on the steep Chloride Cliffs of the Funeral Mountains is one of the most successful mines in present day Death Valley National Park. The Keane Wonder Mine operated in the early 1900s, during the Death Valley mining boom. Nearly $1 million in gold were yielded between its discovery and closing in 1912. Yet the mine remains a popular attraction in the National Park.
Gilman, Colorado is a ghost town perched on a 600-foot cliff over the Eagle River. Today, the colorful but graffiti covered housing and Eagle Mine operation stand empty along the slopes of Battle Mountain. Yet, in the 1880s, Gilman was counted among the notable Colorado Silver boomtowns. A Brief History of Gilman, Colorado Within the…