Crystal Gold Mine

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Location: Kellogg. Interstate 90 exit 54 to the Miner's Memorial, turn left (west) on Silver Valley Road, 3.5 km.
Open: DEC to MAR Sat, Sun 10-16. APR to SEP daily 9-18. OCT to NOV daily 10-16. [2005]
Fee: Adults USD 10, Children (-17) USD 7.50, Seniors (65+) USD 9, Family (2+3) USD 36, additional child USD 5. (Plus Tax) [2005]
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=30 min.
Address: Crystal Gold Mine, 51931 Silver Valley Rd, Kellogg ID 83837, Tel: +1-208-783-4653. E-mail: contact
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1879 gold bearing vein discovered by Tom Irwin.
1882 mine abandoned.
1991 rediscovered by the landowner, who saw water seeping out of the debris.
1996 sold to the present owner who restored it.
1998 opened to the public.


Crystal Gold Mine was mining a gold bearing quartz vein, which was discovered by the gold prospector Tom Irwin in 1879. He built a cabin and mined the gold aone for three years. When he left, he blasted the hillside down to hide the mine with his track, mine car and tools inside. It seems he intended to come back, but he never did. And so the mine was lost for more than a century.

The Coeur d'Alene Mining District, also known as the Silver Valley, near Kellogg was discovered by Noah Kellogg in 1885. His donkey went up the hill while he was sleeping, and when he was looking for the animal, he saw the sunshine glittering on something which turned out to be a large outcrop of galena (lead ore). This was the location of the later Sullivan mines at Bunker Hill.

Crystal Gold Mine was the first mine of the area, but long forgotten. It is now the one open to the public, and it is famous for the crystals which grew inside the mine during the last 100 years. Smithsonite crystals formed on the quartz vein, there is gold and wire silver. The ore found in the mine is of very good quality, with up to 70 ounces per ton.