Sierra Silver Mine Tour


Mining and metallurgical engineering is the second-oldest engineering discipline in the U.S., with its own professional society since 1871. From 1884 to 2004, Idaho's Silver Valley region produced more than 1.197 billion ounces of silver, making it the richest silver mining district in the world. The Sierra Silver Mine was worked sporadically from around 1900 to the 1960s but never achieved commercial success. Assays ran only about 1/2 ounce of silver per ton of ore mined. Now, retired miners guide visitors through the hard-rock mine, demonstrating both historic and modern mining techniques for extracting silver, lead, zinc, copper, and gold.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Environmental
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The town of Wallace, dubbed the Silver Capital of the World, is also known for the fact that every downtown building is on the National Register of Historic Places. During the summer of 1996, Wallace was the location of the spectacular volcano disaster movie, Dante's Peak, starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.
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