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Idaho Springs

The first major gold strike in Colorado was made in early 1859 at the juncture of Chicago and Clear creeks; a monument less than one-quarter mile southwest on Chicago Creek Road marks the spot. More than 200 mines in the vicinity once produced silver, uranium, tungsten, zinc, molybdenum, gold and lead.

A relic of the early mining days is “Locomotive 60,” which, along with a coal tender and a passenger coach of the Colorado and Southern Railroad, stands on a section of the original narrow-gauge track in the downtown business district. The train made its first run in 1886.

A popular scenic loop is provided by SR 103 south through Chicago Creek Canyon to Echo Lake, then east over Squaw Pass to SR 74 to Bergen Park and Fillius Mountain Park. Follow the highway north to I-70, which returns to Idaho Springs. Another scenic route starts on SR 5 at Echo Lake and goes to the top of 14,260-foot Mount Evans.

Visitor Centers

Heritage Museum and Visitor Center 2060 Miner St. Idaho Springs, CO 80452. Phone:(303)567-4382

Things to Do

Argo Gold Mill & Tunnel

Phoenix Mine

Saint Mary's Glacier

Recreational Activities

White-water Rafting

Clear Creek Rafting Co.

Raft Masters

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