The Cave Creek Museum will offer demonstrations of its stamp mill on December 11, 2021 from 11:00 AM.
Evelyn Johnson, interim executive director, says the museum will start up its incredible stamp mill, water tower, mineral panning, blacksmithing and more that Saturday.
“Cave Creek Museum is proud to feature Arizona’s mining history,” says Johnson. “Our historic stamp mill and tramway is from the Golden Reef Mine on Continental Mountain and is the only one in Arizona within five miles of its original site. We want people to come and experience how gold mining was done. And, check out our exciting new Arizona Gold Mining Experience. This includes an admission to the museum: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students.”
The stamp mill will be operated on the second Saturday of each month during the museum’s 2022 season.
The 51-year-old museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research, and interpretive exhibits. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz., 480.488.2764. Open October through May.
Special reading planned
The Cave Creek Museum will host a special hour with authors Jim “Great Elk” Waters and Kelly Pavlic on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 PM.
The pair will discuss their book entitled “Grandma Was a Kitchen Healer and Grandpa Grew Roses.” The story focuses on how the re-telling of family stories not only allows for the sharing of history, but of wisdom hard earned by elders. For more information, call the museum at 480.488.2764.
Excavate and Educate event
The Cave Creek Museum will offer a fun Excavate and Educate children’s event as part of Kiwanis Days on December 12, 2021 from 2-4 PM.
Children will learn from Pinal Geology Museum experts and will excavate their own minerals to take home. Families are encouraged to complete the afternoon by enjoying Gary and his trusty horse, Dusty, for a holiday sing along and photo time. There also will be an opportunity to create a holiday craft item. Courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Carefree, admission is free.