The Idaho Springs Heritage Museum provides access to countless artifacts from throughout the history of the town, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of local history. There are exhibits that include mining artifacts, maps from when land plots were decided, clothing, and large, antique camera equipment from old town photographers.
Learn about the history of the fire department and the importance of hose houses in the survival of Idaho Springs. See displays of wildlife and the different species that are native to the area. The Idaho Springs Heritage Museum even has a 1920 Model T automobile on display! There are so many one-of-a-kind artifacts and displays throughout the museum that will give you only an introduction to the history of this mining settlement turned town.
Idaho Springs’ beginnings in mining are clearly displayed at the Heritage Museum. From recreated mine entrances to carts, bikes, and wagons, you can gain an understanding of what the mining process looked like and how it shaped the town.
Each of the unique displays are supported by the collection of images belonging to the Historical Society. These images range from the time of the first settlement to present day and can help visitors see the progression of the town. How incredible to look at a picture of the same streets 100 years ago and today. Images paired with artifacts help complete an understanding of local history and provide a whole new perspective.
These pictures help create a clear image of how various artifacts were used and how they shaped Idaho Springs throughout its history. Not only can you see old streets and buildings as they were, you can also see the town’s people. From the first settlements of miners and their families to the growth of the town, people are what have always shaped Idaho Springs.