The original Colorado gold rush started in 1859, but the Cripple Creek area boomed in 1891 at which time the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine was started. This mine was worked until 1961 when the mine was closed and turned into a tourist attraction.
This tour isn’t for the claustrophobic. You arrive 1000′ into the depths of the earth via a small elevator shaft. This is the same elevator shaft that the miners crammed into every morning and, in an attempt to keep the experience authentic, you too will feel like a sardine crammed into this can. This is a fun educational experience about the mining processes that were being used and developed during the operation of this mine.