Emerson's Account Of The Eldorado Mines

March 22, 2017

On March 15, my 4th grade class went to the Eldorado Canyon Mines. It took an hour and 20 minutes to get there! I was really excited to learn about the mines and to see inside of the mines and learn about how the mine diggers found silver and gold. Did you know that at one time the town of Eldorado had more people than Las Vegas?

When we got there, I saw a lot of old cars and a triple decker bus. The mines were surrounded by mountains. The tour guide talked to us first and gave us a little history about the mines. We learned that it was the oldest and richest gold mine in Southern Nevada. When we went in the lodge, I saw animals, dead ones on the wall of the place, and I saw dead aliens in a jar. I couldn't tell if they were real or not. Although, I am sure they are fake.

Next, he showed us a two-minute video of a movie that was filmed in the mine area. After he showed us that, we split into two groups and explored the mine.

The first thing the tour guide showed us was the mine cart that the diggers put the rocks in. It took all of us to push the mine cart without any rocks. The tour guide told us, "Imagine the diggers pushing that with rocks in the cart!" They probably had to be strong!

We learned how the minors dug the gold and removed it from the mine. They had to use explosives, that would be very dangerous. Nevada is the third largest gold mining industry in the world. I loved this field trip, and I hope to go back!

- Written by Emerson, 4th grade student

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