Edgar Experimental Mine

tipping ore cart at Edgar mine

In the 1870s, the Edgar Mine produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper. Today, the Edgar Experimental Mine is operated by the Mining Engineering Department of the Colorado School of Mines, and is used as an underground laboratory and classroom for topics such as underground mine surveying, geologic mapping, rock fragmentation and blasting, mine ventilation field studies, rock mechanics and instrumentation, and mine safety. The mine tour takes visitors through more than one-half mile of underground workings, representing over 100 years of mining. Students and staff conduct guided one-hour mine tours for the general public throughout the year. The tour features lighted displays of drilling, blasting, and mucking equipment, and topics of discussion include mining practice, mining economics, and the role of the mining industry in modern society. Special tours may be arranged.

Tel: (303) 567-2911
On the web: Edgar Experimental Mine