The Maggie Mine was a working silver mine in the 1880s and is now the only mine that is safe for guests to experience. Your 1000 foot self-guided tour will begin with a blacklight display that shows some of the minerals in the local rocks. Then you will continue down the mine drift where you will see and hear the history of the mine and learn how the miners worked in the local Calico mountains.
Before entering the Maggie Mine, you can learn about the process of getting silver from the ore, see a reconstruction of an Assay office, and samples of stamp mills that were used during the early days in mining. There are antique mining exhibits to explore, as well as photographs and educational information.
Be sure to browse the T-Shirts, keychains, and one of a kind miner's helmets for a great souvenior from the Maggie Mine.
On your guided tour through the famous Calico Mystery Shack you will experience amazing feats and confusing sights.
Have you ever seen water run uphill?
How about a broom stand by itself?
Hear the story of why Harry Dover build this shack.
Experience the fun and laughter that lasts for generations in the Mystery Shack
Learn and experience first hand how the miners of yesterday and today pan for gold in a stream.
During your adventure you will walk away with your own riches of Fool's Gold or more technically known-Iron Pyrite. No one goes away empty handed. You can even take your treasure home in a Calico Ghost Town souvenir glass vial.
In the store you will find gold pans, T Shirts, large nuggets, and other panning supplies that you can take home to keep the fun going
The Calico Odessa Railroad was installed in town in 1958 and has been running on a regular basis since then. We are open 9-5 daily.
There are a few times when it may not operate due to weather or mechanical issues.
The tour lasts approximately 8 minutes and takes you on a trip around the hill to see some historical sites, mining equipment and hear some interesting historical points.
The price is $4 for Adults (11 and over) and $2 for Children (5-10), Children 4 and under are free. We are pet friendly too and do not charge for pets to ride.
We will be adding more historical facts and pictures as we gather them, but until then come on out and take a ride with Hardrock John.