NOVEMBER 4, 2015

November Events at Cave Creek Museum feature “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” and the history of dude ranches

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CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is in gear for their incredibly busy November with several special events:
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Sierra Vista Trail RideSat., Nov. 14: History Highlights: Get Your Cowboy (Or Girl) On!
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: In the historic church on the Cave Creek Museum’s property
Admission: Free to Museum members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested.
Highlights: Bev Brooks and Audrey Beaubien Woodward present the history of dude ranches and their history in Cave Creek. 

Contact: 480-488-2764 or

Dude RanchSun., Nov. 15: Stamp Mill Operation/Demonstration
Time: 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free outside demonstration.
Highlights: See this historic 1880 “Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill” in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. 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.

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.

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