Friday, Sept 19, 2014, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Crystal Gold Mine
51931 Silver Valley Rd, Kellogg, ID
(About 70 miles from Spokane, 40 miles from CDA)
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. After the 45 minute tour you can pan for gold for up to one hour!
- Weather appropriate clothes and shoes; The mine temp is a constant 50 degree and panning for gold takes place outside.
- Spending money for the gift shop (optional)
Kids 4-16: $8
Kids 0-3: Free
Ages: All ages. Keep in mind that this tour takes place in a dimly lit mine where jack hammers are demonstrated. Your littlest ones may not enjoy a dark and loud field trip.
Note: Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. No climbing is required on this tour. There are well-lit concrete walkways inside the mine.
Tour limits: 40 people
Payment is required in advance via Paypal, credit card, debit card, or check. There is no "Pay at the Door." Your spots with our group are saved when payment is received. Payment is due one week before the activity. If payment is not received by then, your reservation will be cancelled.
Cancellation Policy: You can have a full refund if you contact Exploring Families at least one week before the activity. There is no refund if you cancel within one week of the activity.