Our Beautiful Historic Grounds
On the grounds of Western Museum of Mining & Industry sits a prominent landmark known as the Reynolds Ranch House— an Edwardian Lake style ranch home which is included on the State Register of Historical Properties.
In addition, you’ll find our Blacksmith Demo Shop offering unique opportunities to see and learn about the fascinating art of blacksmithing and a fully operational Stamp Mill, historically used for the process of breaking down ore.
The Reynolds Ranch House, Blacksmith Demo Shop and Stamp Mill are all available for touring by appointment only. For more information or to arrange a special tour, please contact the museum front desk at 719-488-0880.
This 10-stamp mill was carefully reproduced in 1978 by the museum’s staff using 19th century construction methods. Many of the machines on display are from the Yellow Jacket Mill that was located in Montezuma, Colorado.
From the jaw crusher to the amalgamating tables, the machinery on display is typical of the Western mills from 1890 –1920.
Reynolds Ranch House
Included in the State Register of Historic Properties in 1997, the Reynolds Ranch House has two distinctive characteristics. First, it is a Queen Anne Farmhouse in a rural setting. Second, it is the last vestige of the once-thriving community of Husted, a former Denver & Rio Grande railroad supply town and depot. Prior to the museum’s ownership, nine different families owned the house. The Previous owners have made minor modification over the years. The museum intends to restore the home as an 1894 Queen Anne farmhouse before providing tours and other interpretive activities.
Blacksmith Demo Shop
The property of Western Museum of Mining & Industry includes a large shop where visitors can learn about the processes of blacksmithing and its role as it pertains to the mining industry. Live demonstrations offer visitors an up-close look at how steel can be softened by heating to red-hot temperatures and fashioned into various types of tools.