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Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival at Western Museum of Mining & Industry

October 7, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Celebrate the fall season and carve out some time for family fun at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry! The 6th annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival has activities for the whole family, such as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, face painting, and children’s crafts. Learn to pan for gold and gems with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado and keep what you find. Watch the Gold Canyon Gunfighters Wild West show. See operating steam engines, mining equipment, and the operation of our Yellow Jacket…See More
Jul 17
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Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival at Western Museum of Mining & Industry

October 7, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Celebrate the fall season and carve out some time for family fun at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry! The 6th annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival has activities for the whole family, such as a pumpkin patch, hay rides, face painting, and children’s crafts. Learn to pan for gold and gems with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado and keep what you find. Watch the Gold Canyon Gunfighters Wild West show. See operating steam engines, mining equipment, and the operation of our Yellow Jacket…See More
Jul 17
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‘Family Exploration Day - GEOLOGY!’ at Western Museum of Mining and Industry

January 2, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Have you ever picked up a rock while hiking and wondered what it was? On Saturday January 2nd, bring that geologic discovery, or just plain curiosity, down to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for a day of geologic exploration! Learn about Colorado’s mineral and mining heritage, identify common or your own minerals-in-hand specimens, understand processes important to the formation mineral deposits, and identify modern methods of mineral exploration and mine development. Among the…See More
Dec 21, 2015
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‘Family Exploration Day - GEOLOGY!’ at Western Museum of Mining and Industry

January 2, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Have you ever picked up a rock while hiking and wondered what it was? On Saturday January 2nd, bring that geologic discovery, or just plain curiosity, down to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for a day of geologic exploration! Learn about Colorado’s mineral and mining heritage, identify common or your own minerals-in-hand specimens, understand processes important to the formation mineral deposits, and identify modern methods of mineral exploration and mine development. Among the…See More
Dec 18, 2015
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Nov 19, 2015
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The Gold Assay Process: Magic or Chemistry?

Fire assaying is the quantitative determination in which a metal or metals are separated from impurities by fusion processes and weighed in order to determine the amount present in the original sample.Metals recovered in fire assaying are the metals that emerge from the fusion of the material in an assay furnace, for gold, usually at temperatures of about 2,000 Degrees F.The Fire Assay Method is centuries old, but it is still one of the most reliable methods for performing assays (to determine…See More
Nov 19, 2015
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The Gold King Mine and the E.P.A.: A Century of Reward and Risk By Casey Pearce

Despite rumors of riches, widespread American interest in the mineral wealth of what was then the Kansas Territory did not begin until Colorado’s first notable gold discovery, in the summer of 1858. Returning east from the California rush of 1849, William Greeneberry Russell took the rumors of gold in the territory seriously, and spent the summer of 1858 prospecting the eastern flank of the Rockies. By July he had more than 20 troy ounces in his possession, and the frenzy was on. Word spread…See More
Oct 27, 2015
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Trails and Trials: Stories from the Mining Migration Trails and Ink Sketches of Mine Labor Life

Join WMMI as we open our newest exhibit –The Mining Art of Buck O’Donnell – with a lecture by Lee Whiteley. JC (Buck) O’Donnell created a series of pen and ink drawings for various mining related supply and informational magazines during the early to mid-20th century. His work appeared in magazines like Shaft and Development Machines and Machinery Center, Inc. O’Donnell’s works served to provide visual evidence of how miners lived, how they worked, and what the western mining boom looked like…See More
Sep 10, 2015
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The Importance of Mining Art (by C. Pearce)

Around the dawn of the 20th century, historians and the general public alike became increasingly more interested in the miners of the old west. Struggling through documents, newspaper articles and technological manuals, many of these new mining enthusiasts struggled with the mining terminology and visualizing just what they were…See More
Sep 9, 2015
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Heritage lecture & Exhibit Opening- Trails and Trials: Stories from the Mining Migration Trails and Ink Sketches of Mine Labor Life at Western Museum of Mining and Industry

September 10, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Join WMMI as we open our newest exhibit –The Mining Art of Buck O’Donnell – with a lecture by Lee Whiteley. JC (Buck) O’Donnell created a series of pen and ink drawings for various mining related supply and informational magazines during the early to mid-20th century. His work appeared in magazines like Shaft and Development Machines and Machinery Center, Inc. O’Donnell’s works served to provide visual evidence of how miners lived, how they worked, and what the western mining boom looked like…See More
Aug 26, 2015
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Jul 30, 2015
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1st Annual Tiny House Jamboree only at The Western Museum of Mining and Industry!

More and more Americans are beginning to rethink the costs of their giant homes, and this re-evaluation has brought about the newest craze in American home building:The Tiny House!If you haven't heard, you may be asking yourself "what's a 'tiny' house?"Tiny houses are small dwellings that often look like fancy garden sheds from the outside. However, they can accommodate up to six people, have fully functioning kitchens and baths, and allow their owners to live very inexpensively, some without…See More
Jul 30, 2015
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Civil War Reenactment

In the late summer and fall of 1861, men from the Colorado mining communities of Canon City, Fairplay, Buckskin Joe, Cache Creek and California Gulch rallied round the Stars and Stripes to form military units to help defend Colorado against potential attacks from the Confederate States of America. Come join the men of Captain Theodore Dodd’s Independent Company of Foot Volunteers, Second Colorado Infantry, on 25 July as they muster and begin training, at the Western Museum of Mining and…See More
Jul 14, 2015
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Jul 14, 2015
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Why Does Archaeology Matter To Me?

Why Does Archaeology Matter to Me? By Casey Pearce, M.A.According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Archaeology is ‘a science that deals with past human life and activities by studying the bones, tools, etc of ancient peoples.’ To many historians and archaeologists, that definition may be too narrow. Archaeology, at is most basic, is the study of the unwritten, non- paper portion of our human history. It is much more than just the studying of bones or left over pottery. It reveals how we…See More
Mar 24, 2015
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Bricks-4-Kidz STEM Spring Break Camps at WMMI

Do you have a child who loves their LEGOS? Or enjoys building, constructing, designing or imagining structures and worlds of all types? The Western Museum of Mining and Industry has partnered for the second straight year with Bricks-4-Kidz to offer outstanding spring break camps for children age 3 to 13+.With the current emphasis on STEM based learning programs in our schools, there are activities and programs emerging that answer the need for more STEM education. Many of these programs are…See More
Mar 12, 2015

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The Gold Assay Process: Magic or Chemistry?

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

Fire assaying is the quantitative determination in which a metal or metals are separated from impurities by fusion processes and weighed in order to determine the amount present in the original sample.



Metals recovered in fire assaying are the metals that emerge from the fusion of the material in an assay furnace, for gold, usually at temperatures of about 2,000 Degrees F.

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The Gold King Mine and the E.P.A.: A Century of Reward and Risk By Casey Pearce

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 11:42am 0 Comments

Despite rumors of riches, widespread American interest in the mineral wealth of what was then the Kansas Territory did not begin until Colorado’s first notable gold discovery, in the summer of 1858. Returning east from the California rush of 1849, William Greeneberry Russell took the rumors of gold in the territory seriously, and spent the summer of 1858 prospecting the eastern flank of the Rockies. By July he had more than 20 troy ounces in his possession, and the frenzy was on. Word spread…

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Trails and Trials: Stories from the Mining Migration Trails and Ink Sketches of Mine Labor Life

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Join WMMI as we open our newest exhibit –The Mining Art of Buck O’Donnell – with a lecture by Lee Whiteley. JC (Buck) O’Donnell created a series of pen and ink drawings for various mining related supply and informational magazines during the early to mid-20th century. His work appeared in magazines like Shaft and Development Machines and Machinery Center, Inc. O’Donnell’s works served to provide visual evidence of how miners lived, how they worked, and what the…

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The Importance of Mining Art (by C. Pearce)

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 9:59am 0 Comments

Around the dawn of the 20th century, historians and the general public alike became increasingly more interested in the miners of the old west. Struggling through documents,…

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