"A Mining Town Still Panning for Dollars" Idaho Springs by BruceDunning

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Map of the main streets

Gold was discovered in 1859 and the mining continued in earnest through the first decade of 1900's. They still dig today, and Arco Gold Mine is in the middle of the town, but most of it is for tourism .
The town is only 1,900 people, and most all are in retail connection some how. Store fronts stretch for a good mile down the old highway, now Miner St. The summers bring many to relax and take in the surrounding mountains. Due to them being in the backyard, the town cannot expand north or south where there also is US 70.

Get a Tunnel View of the Mine

They have a tunnel where digging for gold started in 1892, and go into the mountain 4 1/2 miles. The main shaft branches out into many others along the route for old digging, but now closed to public.

Arts & Culture here

Opera building still in use today. It has been preserved, and an anchor to the downtown area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A well preserved town of old buildings
  • Cons:I would not want to come here in summer peak season
  • In a nutshell:Overall, you feel welcome here and there are things to do
  • Last visit to Idaho Springs: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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