Mining Events Celebrate Leadville’s Underground
This Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7 you can find some of the most exciting mining contests seen anywhere. These events have their roots in the pioneer days of underground mining and are based on old-fashioned mining techniques such as mucking and hand steeling. The events are free to the public, courtesy of our local mining companies and vendors.
In the hand-steeling event, one man uses a four-pound hammer to drive a three-quarter inch diameter steel into rock. Leadville Boom Days Mining events are held Saturday & Sunday in the Elks parking lot. Photo: Kurt Knudsen/Leadville Today
Mining events at Boom Days celebrate the legacy of mining in Leadville. But the events do more, helping people appreciate the physical work needed to get minerals out of the ground. In addition to teaching non-miners about mining, the events bring competitors together to share the common…
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