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Learn About Mining

This section is to help you understand more about mining. The image above is of the Climax Molybdenum Mine which is eleven miles from the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum at Fremont Pass (11,319 feet above sea level) on Highway 91. Climax is the world's largest molybdenum resource and began operations in1916.  


The mine was recently refurbished at a cost of $760 million and re-opened in 2012. A $250 million, water-treatment system was completed in 2014.


Click on the following topics to learn more:


The Mining Process

Types of Mining

Mining Terms

Mining Regulation

Types of ore




Continuing Education

About the Museum

Explore our 25,000 sq.ft. of interactive and informative exhibits!

About Us



Educational Resources

Hall of Fame

Learn about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.

About the Hall of Fame

Browse Inductee Database

2018 Inductees

Prazen Award

Matchless Mine

Visit the historic site of the Matchless Mine and learn the story of the infamous Silver King and Baby Doe.

About the Matchless


Hours and Location