Country Boy Mine - Breckenridge, CO - a restored piece of mining history


The Country Boy Mine is located at 0542 French Gulch Road in Breckenridge, Colorado. The winter season at the mine is from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until the 30th of April. During this time the facility is open from for tours at 11am, noon and 1pm for the last tour on Wednesday through Sunday. The mine closes on Christmas Day. During this time admission for adults is $18.95, $12.95 for those from the ages of four to twelve and $7 for schools. Groups of ten or more can visit during off times. Gold Panning is $9.95 which includes the lessons and a pan of dirt.

Summer hours for the Country Boy Mine are from 10am until 4pm every day of the week. Fall hours are in effect from after Labor Day until the middle of October. During the time the facility is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 11am until 2pm with the last tour at 2pm. The costs for admission and gold panning are the same for each season.

The Country Boy Mine was established during 1887, it is one of Summit County's oldest mines and the most famous. It was known for its production of silver and gold during its early years and later for the large quantities of zinc and lead that were used during the World Wars. The mine is important in preserving the mining history of Colorado since other mines are quickly disappearing and deteriorating.

The Tomlinson brothers and their wives decided to restore the collapsing Country Boy Mine and the mining site during 1991. There was a lot of work put into the mine's restoration, there were eight areas of the mine that had collapsed and needed to be cleared out. There were new timbers installed in the mine, restoration of the blacksmith shop, a barn, office, museum and gift shop were built as well.

There were a number of owners for the Country Boy Mine through the years. The Tomlinson family sold the mine to Paul and Cindy Hintgen during December of 2006. Today the mine offers tours and other activities for visitors to enjoy while they learn about the mining history in Colorado. While the tours of the mine last approximately forty minutes visitors can gold pan for as long as they wish.

The Country Boy Mine is only two miles to the North of Breckenridge's downtown and nine miles away from Frisco to the South. The drive is only fifteen minutes from Breckenridge and half an hour from Frisco. When traveling from Vail to the mine it takes an hour, it's an hour and a half from Denver.

The mine is no longer active although there are valuable ores still imbedded in the mountain. The facility was no closed because of a lack of gold but as a result of economic conditions associated with the act of mining. There is an estimated value of over twenty-five million dollars given to the veins in the mine but it would take more than that to extract them from the mountain. The Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in addition to the State of Colorado both inspect the mine to ensure that it is safe for visitors.

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