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Gold Bug Mine

These kids still have their hardhats on as they exit the Gold Bug Mine.

The Gold Bug Mine is the major historical and geological attraction in the park. An excellent example of hard rock gold mining, the Gold Bug Mine has a solid wooden floor, lighting throughout, and an air shaft providing clean cool air at all times. The mine floor is often damp depending on the season.

Gold Bug Mine, originally called the Hattie Mine, is dated as being started in 1888. This mine is available for self guided audio tours as well as guided group tours.

  • Self-Guided Visit with Audio Tour

    These ladies are inside the drift at Gold Bug Mine exploring the hard rock mining techniques used in the 1850's.

    With our self-guided audio tour, you will listen to recorded narration describing the mine as you walk through the 352-foot drift at your own pace. Admission to Gold Bug Mine includes the self-guided audio tour, a hardhat, and admission to the Hendy Stamp Mill.

    Adults $5.00
    Youth (10 - 17 yrs.) $3.00
    Kids (3 - 9 yrs.) $2.00
    2 years and under Free

    All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    (Prices may change without notice.)

  • Guided Tour

    The Gold Bug Mine is included in our Guided Tour Package. Available for small to large groups, one of our knowledgable volunteer guides will share the history and workings of the mine during your visit.  Visit our group visit page for more information.

 

These ladies are inside the drift at Gold Bug Mine exploring the hard rock mining techniques used in the 1850's.
  • Flake Fact

    The original name of the Gold Bug Mine was "the Hattie Mine" named after William Craddock's eldest daughter.

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