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This Trip Through An Old Gold Mine In Nevada Will Take You Back In Time

Take a tour of the oldest gold mine in southern Nevada! The Techatticup Mine was open from 1861 to 1942. During its run, it was the most productive mine in the entire Colorado Mining District, which included New Mexico Territory and Arizona Territory.

Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours shows visitors what life at this hard rock mine. In the 1880s, it was a violent place. Miners spent their time off in the saloons and whorehouses, and the combination of money, alcohol and disagreements over ownership rights led to many shootouts and murders.Though it’s just 45 minutes from Las Vegas today, when it was founded, the mine was very remote. The nearest Sheriff was almost 200 miles away, so murder and mayhem pretty much went unchecked.

Take a tour of the mine to see what it was like to work there:

 

The mine is located at 16880 State Highway 165 near Nelson. Take your tour at 9:00 a.m., noon or 2:00 p.m. The cost is $12.50 for everyone age 12 and older; $7.50 for kids 5-12 years old, and free for younger children.

Have you ever toured the Techatticup Mine? Tell us about it!

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Catherine Rees
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.