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Underground Gold Miners Museum

 
Underground Gold Miners Museum exists to tell the stories of the underground gold miners of California both past and present, to provide educational access to the workings of an active gold mining district in California, to explain the unique geology of the Alleghany Mining District, to preserve the history of the towns and mines of the Alleghany Mining District.
Address: Alleghany, CA, 95910    
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Underground Gold Miners Museum fulfills it’s mission by:
- Providing educational tours of the Sixteen to One Mine
- Collecting artifacts, photos and stories related to the Alleghany Mining District
- Operating a museum with educational exhibits open to the public free of charge
Exhibits include the history of the town of Alleghany, the mining district and the Sixteen to One Mine. Local minerals and rocks are on display. We highlight the evolution of equipment and technology in underground hardrock mining.
Videos available for viewing tell the history of hardrock mining and document recent history at the Sixteen to One Mine.
Experience California's gold mining history as you tour a working gold mine that has been in operation for over a century.
Established in 1896, the Sixteen to One Mine is a unique “pocket” mine where gold is found in highly concentrated deposits within the quartz vein. The mine has produced over 1 million ounces of gold and is famous for its quartz and gold gemstone sought by jewelers.
Underground Excursion:
Three to four hour tour begins at the Museum where you will be introduced to the history of the Alleghany Mining District and the operation at the Sixteen to One Mine.
From the museum groups carpool to the Sixteen to One Portal on Kanaka Creek (down a dirt road) here we “brass in” and begin the trip underground. The world of the traditional hardrock gold miner and the geology of the mine are witnessed first hand.
Travel into the mine as far as the 800 Station (about 1,200 feet) and back another 1,000 feet to the Tightner Shaft and then a bit further to the active headings. All tours require the ability to navigate steep terrain on foot. It is wet and cool in the mine, long pants and a light jacket are recommended, bring waterproof shoes if you have them or borrow a pair from the museum. Bring a flashlight and day-pack with water as well.
Underground Gold Miners Museum is opened seasonally. Sixteen to One Mine tours available May through October by reservation only and on days when mine tours are scheduled. We reserve the right to modify or cancel any tour due to weather, unsafe conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Participation in tours is contingent on visitor signing a liability waiver. Children must have a parent or legal guardian sign.
The museum gift shop features gold-laced quartz specimens and jewelry from the Sixteen to One Mine as well as souvenirs, books, maps, geology specimens and t-shirts.

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356 Main Street Alleghany, CA, 95910

Website: Underground Gold Miners Museum  Underground Gold Miners Museum exists to tell the stories of the underground gold miners of California both past and present.

 

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