Argo Gold Mine and Mill

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This article is about gold mine and mill open as a tourist attraction. For the adjacent mine tunnel, see Argo Tunnel.
Argo Mill[1]
Argo Gold Mine & Mill.jpg
Argo Gold Mine and Mill is located in Colorado
Argo Gold Mine and Mill
Location 2517 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs, Colorado
Coordinates 39°44′34″N 105°30′24″W / 39.742867°N 105.506612°W / 39.742867; -105.506612Coordinates: 39°44′34″N 105°30′24″W / 39.742867°N 105.506612°W / 39.742867; -105.506612
Built 1912
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78000836[2]
CSRHP # 5CC.76[3]
Added to NRHP January 31, 1978

The Argo Gold Mine and Mill is a former mining and milling property consisting of a gold mine and gold mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado, built at the entrance of the Argo Tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1893 and 1910 to drain the gold mines in Virginia Canyon, Gilpin Gulch, Russell Gulch, Quartz Hill, Nevadaville, and Central City and allow easier ore removal. The mill was built at the entrance of the tunnel to process ore from the many mines drained by the tunnel. The property had been closed from 1943 until 1976, when it was purchased by James N. Maxwell. He wanted to preserve an example of the Colorado gold rush mines. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January 1978.[2]

Present day[edit]

A father and son panning for gold at Argo

The Argo Mill and Double Eagle mine are open seasonally for tourism. Visitors can go into the Double Eagle mine, descend into the adit tunnel and emerge in the mill. Afterwards, visitors pan for gold and gems.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argo Tunnel and Mill nomination form". History Colorado. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Colorado State Register of Historic Properties – Clear Creek County". History Colorado. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Eric; Don Laine; Barbara Laine (2007). Frommer's Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs. Frommers. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-470-06858-8. 

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