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16 Tours in Mines and Mining

Broken Boot Gold Mine
Deadwood, SD

Courteous guides, well-versed in early-day mining, lead underground tours through this 100-year-old gold mine in Deadwood. Explore this authentic old gold mine where miners pursued gold ore veins with black powder and candlelight. Every visitor receives a souvenir stock certificate. Pan for gold. In Deadwood, on upper Main Street.


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Good Enough Mine Tour
Tombstone, AZ

Ed Schieffelin had a dry sense of humor. When he filed his first mining claim in 1877 he named it "Tombstone," because he'd been told that his tombstone was all that he would find in the parched, Apache-ruled hills of southeast Arizona. A year later, when he filed his second claim, he named it "Good Enough" because the silver ore was so rich that it was good enough to satisfy him.

Thousands of fortune-seekers followed Schieffelin, hoping to duplicate his success, opening dozens of other mines (Ed, alone, had 19). Above ground, the boomtown of Tombstone was born and flourished. ...
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Homestake Gold Mine
Lead, SD

Come visit us! We have many things to offer. The center has an amazing view of the 1876 Historic "Open Cut"- the original claim of the Homestake Gold Mine. The Open Cut was the original site of the Homestake Claim in 1876.

The center also has a short informative film, educational & historic memorabilia, and a fantastic gift shop.

Our surface tour of the Homestake Mining Operation takes you through the underground mine's surface operation and follows the mining process including hoisting, crushing and milling of the underground ore and views Homestake's state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant and open ...
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Kansas Underground Salt Museum
Hutchinson, KS

The Kansas Underground Salt Museum is 650 below the surface in the largest salt formation in the United States. The tour is via a underground tram. The tram will tour a still working salt mine. It will also tour excavated areas of the mine that are used as storage areas. Since salt mines have a constant temperature and humidity they are used to store items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity such as old Hollywood films.


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Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation
Magna, UT

Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine has produced more copper than any mine in history, and has been called "The Richest Hole on Earth." It's considered the largest excavation on the planet, and can even be seen from outer space.

Standing at the overlook within the Bingham Canyon Mine, you can see, hear, and feel the breathtaking and awesome magnitude of the largest man-made excavation on earth.

While you watch the action in the mine, a descriptive narration recorded in several languages explains the operations.

From the overlook, you can watch 240 and 320 ton capacity ...
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Morenci Copper Mine
Morenci, AZ

2-1/2hr long guided tour of the Phelps-Dodge Copper Mine, one of the largest open pit mines in the world!


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Phoenix Gold Mine
Idaho Springs, CO

The Phoenix mine is operated by the oldest continuous gold mining family in Colorado; owned and operated by Al and Dave Mosch. It is a working gold mine where miners actually do the work.

After your gold mine tour, try some Gold Panning -- take home a little bit of Colorado Gold for yourself.

Panning is included in the cost of the tour and you may keep any gold that you find in the stream while panning.

Want to make a day of it pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it by the stream above the mine.


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Portal No. 31 Mine
Lynch, KY

The Underground Mine Tour is complete. This first-ever underground mine tour in Kentucky will take visitors to the underworld world that miners saw everyday. The mine rehabilitation is engineered by Mining Consulting Services, Inc.

The mine tour can be combined with entry to the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, about 2 miles north of the mine.


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Queen Mine Tours
Bisbee, AZ

Outfitted in hard hat, miner?s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year?heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama. Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.

Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee?s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange.


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Rock of Ages Quarry
Graniteville (Barre Town), VT

Central Vermont was built upon the granite industry, the offspring of
pure Yankee tenacity and immigrant fortitude. Rock of Ages, founded by
two native Vermonters and one Scotsman, epitomizes the rich cultural
heritage of Barre, Vermont. Rock of Ages represents a living industry,
not a museum or showcase, but a working, breathing entity that gives
rise to some of the finest artistry in stone that our guests have ever
seen.

We invite you and your family to experience Rock of Ages. Our narrated
shuttle tours take you to the world's largest deep-hole, ...
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Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
Ogdensburg, NJ

Most everything man-made has something to do with mining. At the Sterling
Hill Mining Museum we'll show you just how it's done. From drilling and
blasting to the processing of the ore, we?ve got it all! Come take a ΒΌ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in NJ. Along the way you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent ?Rainbow Tunnel? where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen.

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Sutter Gold Mine
Sutter Creek, CA

Sutter Gold Mine is a modern hard rock mine located on historic Highway 49 just north of Sutter Creek, south of Amador City at the site of several historic mines. These include the Lincoln Mine from which Leland Stanford made his fortune enabling him to found Stanford University and to partner in financing the Central Pacific Railroad.

Although originally developed for gold extraction in the late 1980s, the mine is now open exclusively for one hour underground tours deep into the heart of the Motherlode.

Sutter Gold Mine offers a comprehensive look into the gold mining process and its historical ...
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The International Petroleum Museum and Exposition's
Morgan City, LA

The "Mr. Charlie"
The Only Place in the World Where the General Public can Walk Aboard an Authentic Offshore Drilling Rig! From 1954 to 1986 "Mr. Charlie" drilled hundreds of offshore wells off the coast of Morgan City, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. He was the first transportable, submersible drilling rig and an industry springboard to the current offshore rig technology.

"Mr. Charlie" was built in 1952 and finished in 1953. In 1954 he went to work for Shell Oil Company, drilling a new field in East Bay, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Despite skepticism from ...
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The Mineral Discovery Center
Sahuarita, AZ

One of the largest open-pit copper mining operations in the entire country, ASARCO is one of the only Arizona giants to provide a tour. Highly recommended if you're in the Tucson area, the tour welcomes both those in favor of and opposed to open-pit copper mining and its environmental consequences.

The Mineral Discovery Center screens a short propaganda piece called "Mining for Music" and the science exhibits and displays of historic mining equipment from what was once Arizona's biggest industry are impressive in scope and scale.

Some of the exhibits demonstrate how copper deposits are formed naturally in the earth, ...
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Tour-Ed Mine
Tarentum, PA

The Tour-Ed Mine and Museum shows authentic mining tools and methods, from the 1850's through to the most advanced mining techniques and machines of today. All of the guides at the mine are experienced miners. These guides give live demonstrations of the various types of mining equipment to give visitors a sense of what it was and is like to work in a coal mine.

Guides take visitors into the mine in groups of 25 or fewer. This ensures everyone can see the guide's demonstrations. All visitors wear a mine hard hat for protection. A light jacket is suggested, ...
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US Borax Inc.
Boron, CA

Rio Tinto Borax operates California's largest open pit mine in Boron, California - one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. The company supplies nearly half the world's demand for refined borates, minerals essential to life and modern living.

Borax traces its roots to California's Death Valley, where borate deposits were discovered in 1872. The twenty mule teams Borax used to haul ore out of the remote desert live on as a symbol of the company's commitment to innovation.

Today, Borax is acknowledged as the world leader in borate technology, research and development. Technical support for customers, ...
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