Stamp Mill Operational

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Date(s) - 10/14/2017
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Cave Creek Museum

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First run of the 2017-2018 Season! Hear the rumble! Hear the roar as the powerful ore crushing machine is put to work. Manned by Cave Creek Museum’s very own Dream Team who spent nine years re-building and re-furbishing the 100+ year old machine after it was brought down from Continental Mountain. Celebrate the installation of the Tram Towers. See Arizona’s only FULLY operational ore stamping mill! Meet us at the stamp mill outside the Museum—you can’t miss it—our biggest exhibit!

A mining boom in the early 1900’s motivated a group of Chicago investors to capitalize a new mining operation, the Golden Reef Mine. A new ten-stamp mill was purchased for operation on Continental Mountain. It was shut down due to a fire in 1913 and was rebuilt in 1917. The mine was put up for sale and eventually abandoned. The stamp mill was donated to the museum and moved from Continental Mountain to the museum in 2009. It was restored back to operation in 2013. It is presently runs at least once a month to demonstrate what the miners had to do to extract gold from the quartz in the 1920’s.

Join us when we run the Golden Reef Stamp Mill monthly.  If we don’t see you…we’ll be crushed!