The Country Boy Mine


Useful Information

Location: Breckenridge
Open: 01-DEC to 27-APR Thu-Sun 11-13, last tour 13.
23-MAY to AUG daily 10-16, last tour 16.
SEP to 15-OCT Mon, Fri-Sun 11-14, last tour 14.
Tours on the full hour.
[2008]
Fee: Adults USD 18.95, Children (4-12) USD 12.95, Children (0-3) free.
[2008]
Classification: ExplainGold Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=7°C, A=3,025m asl.
Guided tours: D=45min, L=300m, V=15,000/a[2007].
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Address: The Country Boy Mine, 0542 French Gulch Road, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424, Tel: +1-970-453-4405.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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History

1850 gold found in the area.
1887 mine opened.
~1900 mine closed.
World War I mine reopened.
World War II mine reopened.
1948 government stopped its wartime mine subsidization program, mne finally closed.
1991 opened as a show mine by Doug and David Tomlinson.
DEC-2006 new owners Paul and Cindy Hintgen.

Geology

At first this mine was famous for its impressive gold and silver production. In the 20th century it became known for the production of high grade lead and zinc. The mine is estimated to contains still an amount of gold worth some $25 million. Unfortunately the mining is difficult and not profitable at the moment.


Description

The Country Boy Mine tries to show the daily life of a gold miner in 1880. This was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge. Hard hats and rain coats are provided. The mine is cool, wear warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes.

The family owned business also offers gold panning, dinners, and sleigh rides in winter.