NOVEMBER 10, 2010

Cave Creek Museum hosts "A Minerís Dinner" Nov. 16

Fund-raiser for Historic Stamp Mill
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miners pastiesGuests to Cave Creek Museum's “A Miner’s Dinner” on Tuesday, Nov. 16 will be transported back in time as they feast on a traditional miner’s fare, with authentic and hearty “pasties” from the Cornish Pasty Company. Proceeds benefit the museum's restoration efforts of a historic stamp mill dating back to 1880.  Courtesy photo.

CAVE CREEK – More than a year ago, Cave Creek Museum volunteers began the process of moving Cave Creek’s original 10 stamp mill and its associated parts from the Golden Reef Mine site on Continental Mountain to the museum. Since then, volunteers have logged nearly 1,000 hours cleaning, fixing, and hauling more than 80,000 pounds of iron pieces on Museum property as they work to restore and rebuild the historic stamp mill that is believed to date back to 1880.

Now, the museum is hosting its inaugural “A Miner’s Dinner” fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 with the goal of showcasing the work accomplished and raising much needed funds to complete the work.

“The sheer massiveness of this project has been unbelievable,” said Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director. “If all goes well, the historic stamp mill will be completely restored in two years, standing 20 feet tall near Skyline Drive.”

Guests to “A Miner’s Dinner” will be transported back in time as they view the Stamp Mill primary crusher in action and see firsthand the restoration progress. Dinner will be patterned after that of a traditional miner’s fare, with authentic and hearty “pasties” from the Cornish Pasty Company. Guests can also bid on silent and live auction items. Tickets cost $40 per person and reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or ordered by phone with credit card and held for pick up.

Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information, call 480-488-2764, or visit