The only authentic 1880's underground gold
mine tour in the Northwest!
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.
Crystal Gold Mine can
be reached by taking Idaho Exit 54 on Interstate 90 to the Miner's
Memorial (located on the North side of the freeway). Turn left
(west) on Silver Valley Road, and go two miles.
| Guided Tours
|| Gift Shop
|| RV Park
| » No Climbing
|| » Visit our UNDERGROUND gift shop!
|| » Full
| » Well-lit concrete walkways
|| » Featuring GOLD and Idaho Silver
|| » Pets welcome
| » Hand-steeling demonstrations
|| » Souvenirs
|| » Easy
Tour Groups Welcome. Give us a call us at
(208) 783-GOLD or if you prefer email us at email@example.com