Some special tours will be offered as part of the Mining & Geology portion of this year's CLAY Festival:
Central Mining District Tour
This 2-hour tour will be a guided multi-stop bus tour of the historic mining district covering the area from Bayard to Santa Rita. Led by Terry Humble, a former underground miner, the history and commentaries of the local underground mines will be given.
The bus will stop along the highway at the Bullfrog mine in Vanadium, the Groundhog mine in Vanadium, the Combination mine south of Hanover, the Empire Zinc mine at Hanover, and the Pewabic and Kearney mines near Santa Rita. The bus will also stop at the Santa Rita Chino mine overlook and then return to Silver City.
Walking through Mining History on Boston Hill
Take a walk led by Andrew Lindlof and explore the mining history and landscape of Boston Hill. The walk will cover much of Boston Hill's history, including stops at some of the more notable mines while walking across the assemblage of rocks and formations that make up the landscape and mining district. The talk will focus on what makes Boston Hill such special place for Silver City, both in the past and the future.
Andrew Lindlof is a Hydrologist working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, MN. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience and Water Science from Northland College in Ashland, WI in 2011. Following graduation, Andrew worked briefly with the USGS before taking a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Silver City, NM with the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) in 2013. While in Silver City, Andrew was introduced to photographer Ann McMahon and started work on identifying mining districts in Grant County. These mines have been documented in The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County portfolio, which will be a feature exhibition at the Silver City Museum and will be showing the week of CLAY Festival..
Please check back for an announcement on registration for these special tours - and more!