Nederland Mining Museum in Nederland, Colorado

The Nederland Mining Museum tells the story of the people who migrated to the Wild West during the late 19th-century hard rock mining boom. It’s packed with various artifacts, giving visitors an up-close look at the lives of the men who descended deep down into the mountains. Minerals plucked from the earth and tools like helmets, bells, trams, and rare mining claim maps give a fascinating glimpse of this period of Colorado history.

Yet perhaps strangely, the museum’s crown jewel hails...

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