Western Museum of Mining & Industry | Kids Out and About Denver

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

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225 North Gate Blvd.
Colorado Springs , CO , 80921
Phone: 719-488-0880
39° 1' 38.4924" N, 104° 49' 44.7528" W
Contact name: 
Jamie Martinez
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Open since 1970, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) is committed to preserving and interpreting the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West. The multi-purpose exhibit building offers visitors a unique and interactive experience designed to educate the public about the importance of mining and industry and its impact on our daily lives. We hope you can visit soon!.

Museum Grounds

Mine Reclamation Exhibit

Mine reclamation is the process of restoring mined lands back to productive use after mining has occurred. Today, reclamation is an essential part of the mining process. From wildlife habitat to water quality, environmental science is integral to mine reclamation. This exhibit provides an interdisciplinary learning experience by exploring environmental issues of mine reclamation such as preventing water contamination, the relationships between soil, slope, and vegetation; and how the Preble’s mouse is linked to the ecosystem of the Front Range.

Reynolds Ranch House

Included in the State Register of Historic Properties in 1997, the Reynolds Ranch House has two distinctive characteristics. First, it is a Queen Anne Farmhouse in a rural setting. Second, it is the last vestige of the once-thriving community of Husted, a former Denver & Rio Grande railroad supply town and depot. Prior to the museum’s ownership, nine different families owned the house. The Previous owners have made minor modification over the years. The museum intends to restore the home as an 1894 Queen Anne farmhouse before providing tours and other interpretive activities.

Stamp Mill

This 10-stamp mill was carefully reproduced in 1978 by the museum’s staff using 19th century construction methods. Many of the machines on display are from the Yellow Jacket Mill that was located in Montezuma, Colorado.

From the jaw crusher to the amalgamating tables, the machinery on display is typical of the Western mills from 1890 –1920.

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