Take a guided tour of a real mine, which ceased operations in 1904. With 5 mi of underground tunnels, Consolidated is said to be the largest gold mine east of the Mississippi. Enter the mine (which has been reconstructed for safety), pass through a breathtaking stone passage, and then begin a descent of 120 feet into the mine's geological wonders. Knowledgable guides expound on historical mining techniques and give demonstrations of tools, such as the "widowmaker," a drill
that kicks up mining dust and caused lung disease in many miners. After the tour, guests are invited to pan for gold, prospector-style, from a long wooden sluice. Gemstone mining is also available for an additional fee.