Mining Heritage: Lebanon + Everett Mines

Colorado’s Rich Veins of Silver

The History of Lebanon & Everett Mines

In 1885, Lebanon was one of only 50 mines in the Georgetown area still producing ore. The tunnel reached its greatest length of 1,200 feet in 1886, the Lebanon Mining Company struck the Hise Lode 1,100 feet from the portal. But, drastic silver prices declined ending further work. By the end of the decade, the mine was silent.

Experience the Mine Walking Tour

Enhance your Georgetown Loop train ride with an optional walking tour of the Lebanon or Everett Silver Mine, located at the halfway point on the railroad. The tours take you from 500 – 1,200 feet into a mine tunnel bored in the 1870s. Your guide will point out rich veins of silver and tell you about early-day mining.

This is a walking tour lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour also includes visits to the manager’s office, the miners’ change room and the tool shed with optional panning for gold. The temperature inside the mine is a constant 44 degrees Fahrenheit, so be sure to bring a jacket!

For More Information

Contact The Georgetown Loop Railroad for silver mine tour information.

Clear Creek County is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Located just west of Denver along Interstate 70, Clear Creek has 396 square miles of public lands to explore, as well as four mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. Clear Creek is comprised of charming mountains towns Idaho Springs, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, which are all along the I-70 corridor. Learn more about Clear Creek County here.