NOVEMBER 5, 2014

November events at
Cave Creek Museum feature
Geology Hike and “A Miner’s Dinner”

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CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is offering a chance to discover ancient ruins and see a historic stamp mill in action during two November events:

Saturday, Nov. 8 Geology Hike: What do Our Rocks Tell Us About the Past 2 Billion Years in Cave Creek?

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek, and then caravan to geological sites selected by Tom McGuire, Earth Science educator and author. In a few locations, participants will walk as much as 100 yards along rocky (dry) washes. Sneakers/running shoes are fine (No sandals). Expect uneven rocky ground, but no significant climbing. This is an event for the whole family. No special science background is needed. There will be about 10 stops, all within Cave Creek. A magnifying lens will be handy. Bring water and sunscreen.

Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

Tickets: $25 per family. Free for children. Reservations required.

Contact: (480) 488-2764 or

Tuesday, Nov. 11: “A Miner’s Dinner”

Time: Stamp Mill Demonstrations: 4 p.m. and at 5 p.m. (free viewing for public)

Event: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., in Cave Creek

Tickets: $50 per person. Credit cards accepted. Reservations requested as seating is limited.

Highlights: Guests will be transported back in time as they dine outside by the Museum’s historic “Golden Reef” Stamp Mill that is believed to date back to 1880. Attendees will have a chance to see the fully operational Stamp Mill in action – the only operational 10-Stamp Mill in the state (and the only Stamp Mill in Maricopa County). Guests will also be able to see a blacksmith at work. A Dutch-oven dinner will be patterned after that of a traditional miner’s fare. Cowboy balladeer Mike Ewing will perform and guests can also bid on silent and live auction items.

Contact: (480) 488-2764 or

Large and heavy stamp mills were used in the late 1800s and through the 1920s to crush hard rock ore so that the gold could be separated and saved. At one time, many such mills were reported to exist in the Cave Creek Mining District. The Museum’s “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” was declared to be an Arizona State Historic Property by Arizona State Parks in 1986. The Museum is particularly pleased to showcase this 10-Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain.

Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, Cave Creek Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The 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. Entrance fees are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free. For information, call 480-488-2764, or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.or