Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

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Ore bin at the Mollie Kathleen mine.

The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine is a historic vertical shaft mine near Cripple Creek, Colorado.[1] The mine shaft descends 1,000 feet (300 m) into the mountain, a depth roughly equal to the height of the Empire State Building in New York.[2] The mine currently gives tours, and is visited by around 40,000 people annually.[3] The addition of the mines and subsequent tours of this mine and others in the area had considerable effect on the economies of both Victor, Colorado and Cripple Creek.[4][5][6][7][8]


The mine was started in 1891 on a mining claim staked by Mary Catherine Gortner, after whom the mine was named.[9][10] Other than a government-ordered hiatus during World War II, the mine operated continuously until 1961; since then it has continued as a tourist attraction.[11]

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Coordinates: 38°45′11″N 105°09′38″W / 38.75306°N 105.16056°W / 38.75306; -105.16056