Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Mine celebrates 150 years on Sept. 19

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 27, 2015 – The Colorado School of Mines Edgar Experimental Mine celebrates its 150th birthday on Sept. 19 with a gold rush era event between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the mine (365 8th Ave, Idaho Springs, CO).

Edgar Mine
Colorado School of Mines Edgar Experimental Mine in 1963.

In the 1870s, the mine produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper. Today, as an underground laboratory for future engineers, the mine provides students with a unique hands-on experience in underground mine surveying, geological mapping, rock fragmentation and blasting practice, mine ventilation field studies, rock mechanics instrumentation practice, underground mine unit operations, rescue training and mine safety.

“Edgar Mine is the heart of the Mining Engineering Department, and is in the heart of every one of our graduates,” said Priscilla Nelson, Mining Engineering Department Head and mining engineering professor. “Student activities at Edgar build the knowledge, self-confidence and leadership skills that the world expects from Mines grads. With Edgar, the Mines learning experience is truly unique.”

The celebration will include mining-related activities, live music and refreshments.

Activities at the mine will include:

  • Underground mine tour with a blast simulation
  • Historical and proposed renovation displays
  • Kids photo booth
  • Gold panning
  • Mine Rescue Team demonstration
  • Grizzled prospector costume contest
  • Mining collectibles silent auction

To visit Edgar for the event, park at the Elks Parking Lot or Schoolhouse Parking Lot. Shuttles will run every 10-20 minutes, picking up from these two lots.

Connect with us:
The Mines Foundation and the Alumni Association are hosting a photo contest where participants can win Mines swag. Post a photo from the mine to your Facebook page using #Edgar150.

To send a birthday gift or learn more, visit the Edgar Mine webpage.


Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 |
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3541 |

About Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future.