Stamp Mill Operational

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/14/2018
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location
Cave Creek Museum

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Arizona’s only fully operational ten-stamp ore crushing mill. Come watch the ten 1000 lb. stamps slam down in synchronized precision, hear the pounding echo against the desert foothills, just as it did 100 years ago. Our stamp mill was carried down from it’s former location at the Golden Reef Mine on Continental Mountain and is the only one operating within 5 miles of its original site.

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!