Washington Mine/Lomax Placer Gulch

image: Washington Mine typical prospector’s cabin

The Washington Mine was opened in the 1880s as a hardrock gold and silver mine. On the Washington Mine tour, the Summit Historical Society takes visitors through several typical mine “headworks” buildings including the original shafthouse, a typical prospector’s cabin, the hoist- and steam-generation equipment, and the tramway to the tipple where ore was sorted and loaded into wagons.The mine is located in Illinois Gulch on Barney Ford Hill, just south of Breckenridge off Boreas Pass Road.

Image: Washington Mine tramway to the tipple

The Lomax Mine was a hydraulic placer mining operation active in the 1860’s near downtown Breckenridge.On the Lomax Placer Gulch tour, visitors can pan for gold, learn how mining-town chemists assayed the ore content, and watch a slide show to learn how hydraulic mining changed the landscape.

Image: Washington Mine headworks building

Tel: 970-453-9767
On the web: Summit Historical Society Mine Tours; Washington Gold and Silver Mine Tour; Lomax Mine