New Mexico Mining Museum

100 Iron Ave, Grants, New Mexico 87020 USA

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Opens Wed 9a
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“Route 66 mining museum”

A route 66 museum dedicated to mining. After the decline of logging in the 1930s, Grants gained fame as the "carrot capital" of the United States. Agriculture was aided by the creation of Bluewater Reservoir, and the region's volcanic soils provided ideal conditions for farming. Grants also benefited from its location on U.S. Route 66, which brought tourists and travelers and the businesses that catered to them.Perhaps the most memorable boom in the town's history occurred when Paddy Martinez, a Navajo shepherd, discovered uranium ore near Haystack Mesa, sparking a mining boom that lasted until the 1980s. The collapse of mining pulled the town into a depression, but the town has enjoyed a resurgence based on interest in tourism and the scenic beauty of the region. Recent interest in nuclear power has revived the possibility of more uranium mining in the area, and energy companies still own viable mining properties and claims in the area.

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Reviewed by
Motorhoming Ed

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 15, 2016
Rated 5.0

Mining museum tour was both informative and interactive. The main docent was a crew leader for many years in the mine and brings his personal experience to the tour. Uranium mining is only done in a couple sites today so this is a unique view into the past of its heritage. The tour includes safety, history and a view of many of the tools and gear used by the mine workers.

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Reviewed by
melinagunnett

  • 31 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
December 05, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great little museum. Attached to the chamber of commerce. It contains local history, baskets, pottery, and minerals, as well as a great exhibit on uranium mining and self guided mine tour.

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New Mexico Mining Museum

100 Iron Ave
Grants, New Mexico
87020 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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