Learn about the boom days of the late 1800’s on the way into the richest Silver Mining District in the world. Along the way, view beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene with its world-class Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Tour the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in the State of Idaho, built by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and Jesuit Missionaries in 1853. In the Visitor Center, see “Sacred Encounters” a world class exhibit, telling the story of the “Black Robes” and Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Enjoy lunch at the Snake Pit, built in 1880 for the fur traders and early miners during the Mining Rush. This log building has driftwood furniture, and eclectic art hanging from the walls and ceilings. Then to the *Crystal Gold Mine, an authentic 1890’s underground gold mine. See native silver, gold bearing quartz, unusual crystal formations and mining artifacts. Learn how the miners worked with only the use of a pick and dynamite, and a candle on their hard hat for light. Pan for gold and precious gem stones that are native to Idaho.
Time: 5 ½ hours.
*You walk into the side of the mountain, the ground is flat and it is fine for seniors.