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Best Place to Learn About Mining's (Ugly) Legacy Denver 2002 - Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor's Center

Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor\'s Center

Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor's Center

2060 Miner St.

Idaho Springs, CO 80452

303-567-4382

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Next time you drive through the mountains and see an old mine that evokes romantic images of Colorado's gold-rush days, stop by the Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor's Center. The Clear Creek Watershed Exhibit that takes up an entire back room is a reminder of the mess mining left behind. More than a decade ago, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency decided that the thousands of mines in Clear Creek County needed cleaning up, because metals-laden run-off from the abandoned sites was contaminating the creek -- a source of drinking water for many Coloradans. The EPA declared the town and surrounding mines a Superfund site, and the residents revolted. After years of bickering over cleanup methods, the locals and the government finally agreed on a plan, and this exhibit details it. Now that's gold!
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