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 one of the first
hard rock mines in the Silver Valley. Worked during the 1880’s;
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 smithsonite 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 firstname.lastname@example.org