The Coeur d'Alene Mine Shaft House - Central CityArticle used with permission by World Casino Directory, written by Lars Jones
Photo by and used with permission: Gary Rich (C) All Rights Reserved
The Coeur d'Alene Mine Shaft House is open for tours in the summer months. The mine operated from 1885 until it stopped production in 1940. Since the closure the building has been owned by the Central City Opera House Association
and now the Gilpin Historical Society. It was used for storage but re-opened in 2010 as an attraction.
The tall roofed red building sits on Academy Hill over looking Central City and you can't miss it when you come into town.
This was an all-in-one operation with every aspect of the mining process under one roof. When in operation you would have seen men climbing down as much as 700 feet of ladder on one side of the great shaft while mined ore or men returning to the surface rose in a bucket on the other side. There were at least six levels where tunnels branched off the main shaft from 200 to 700 feet down. Gold, silver, copper and lead were harvested from the mine.
Today there is a grate over the shaft but a quick holler through the bars will echo something of its depth to visitors. The building has been restored to safety with strong timbers and gaming impact funds help replace the roof that collapsed in a snowstorm in the 1980's. For more information on the Coeur d'Alene Mine Shaft tours and other museums and tours contact the Gilpin Historical Society at the museum
for tour times and information.