“In 1960, our owner’s grandfather, Ed Sprague met his grandmother, Ellen. The couple arrived in Julian in 1967. They learned about our property through their various real estate transactions, and saw the abandoned claims that were on the property. Fortunately for us, they had the vision and knowledge to open the Old Hardrock Tunnels, restoring them to the way they were in the 1870s. They did this to share our state’s history.
Today, the Nelson Family proudly carry the tradition set forth by Ed and Ellen Sprague. They give thanks to guests, their families, and supporters alike; and, per tradition, they keep admission at $10, just like it has been since 1968.”
The Eagle Mountain mine stands as one of the most historical gold mines during the turn of the 20th century. Although there are dozens and dozens of mines in this vicinity, the Eagle Mine is said to be one of the most successful ones, producing a ton of gold in its heyday. The mining days for this mine are long gone, but tours are still available which last around an hour. A tour guide will take you inside, letting you view historical artifacts used during the mining period, telling you colorful tales and teaching you how the men used to mine for gold. It should be noted that only cash is accepted.
Make sure to investigate outside the mine too as there are plenty of old artifacts from the past, a pet cemetery and a hiking trail behind.
The tour lasted around 20 minutes. If you are claustrophobic I would probably not recommend doing this tour:After you are finished exploring the mines you will be shot out at a back entrance where there is more to explore outside:We had around 10 turkeys fly over our head!! This was the best photo I got which is not that good:Another mine entrance: