“the first hard rock mine in the Silver Valley”
Winter or summer, the Silver Valley is a great place to vacation! The Crystal Gold Mine, near Kellogg, Idaho was the first hard rock mine in the Silver Valley. Worked from 1879-1881; closed by hiding the mine, it was rediscovered in 1991, reclaimed in 1996, and opened as a tourist historical attraction. The work was all done in candlelight by hand. The guided underground tour explains how they drilled with "Hand Steels" using "Single Jacks" and "Double Jacks" (Hammers), how they traced the quartz vein using 1880 methods, how they tested the vein for gold. Beautiful stalactite crystals of smithonite in an array of colors coat the walls. Gold and wire silver can still be seen in the quartz vein.
This was a great stop! Super impressed with our tour guide and all the information we learned. My kids loved stopping in and learning and also loved mining for gold at the end! It was super hard to find gold but they put fun rocks in there too that my kids really enjoyed "mining" for. The gift shop was fun too. Staff very friendly.
A lot of fun and very informative. Takes a little over an hour and would definitely recommend!
This was a fantastic little stop on our road trip! They were so nice and informative! You get to sift for gold at the end, would definitely recommend. Take about an hour or so.
We enjoyed the guided tour with Chris. Great family experience that is just off the Interstate. If you have the time in your trip, this is worth the stop!
Spacious sites, very shaded. Rode our bicycles along paved bike trail into Ketchum. So nice, great place to stay.
This was a fun stop on our way out of Coeur d'Alene. We visited off season, and were lucky to get a private tour of the mine for our family of 4. It was informative and interesting. After the tour, we got to spend an hour panning for gold, which was included in the admission. My 10 & 14 year olds both thought it was fun! Another plus, is their parking lot could accommodate our large motorhome.
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Crystal Gold Mine
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