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Friday, May 6

Up On Cripple Creek (Band)

FAN FIELD TRIP FRIDAY! 
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Today, we're travelling with the Smith Family on their "Road Trip Adventure across the USA!"  The family didn't run out of things to do in Colorado Springs, Colorado...

Colorado Gold Rush Unit
Mom writes :
For our family, this sightseeing adventure lived up to Cripple Creek's motto: "Real Fun Real Colorado".


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We extended our stay because there was one more activity that we wanted to do before we left this area.  We wanted to tour the "World's Greatest Gold Camp" in Cripple Creek, which is a city about 45 minutes away from Colorado Springs.  In Cripple Creek, we wanted to tour the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, but before the tour, we stopped by the Cripple Creek Heritage Center where we learned about:

  • the history of this area and the founders of Cripple Creek
  • the geology of this area and the discovery of gold
  • the industry of mining and the life of miners
cripple creek heritage centercripple creek heritage center
Then we headed to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, which is named for the woman who struck gold here in 1891.
the mollie kathleen gold minegold minig camp
On a tour of this gold mine, we had a chance to:
  • squeeze into a skip which transported us 1000 ft under ground
  • listen to a tour guide who was an actual gold miner
  • learn the history of this mine and hear stories about the life of a hard rock miner
  • saw mining equipment and learn about the evolution of mining techniques
  • work in a mine and have some fun
  • see stalactites in this man-made cave and search for gold veins in this mine
  • ride in a mine train and travel through dark tunnels
  • pick out a gold ore sample as a souvenir from the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
a skipinside a skipinside a gold mine
working in a gold minesearching for gold veins
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free goldpicking out free goldmollie kathleen gold mine
Robin is a wife, homeschool mom, and blogger. She has been homeschooling for 14 years and has
recently started a blog, www.helpingyouhomeschool.com, to help other homeschool families. In 2011-2012, Robin and her family took a year-long RV Road Trip across the USA. She blogs about their travel adventure atwww.faithfilledfamilytravelsusa.com
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