Gilpin Historical Society
The society operates several sites in Central City, a historic mining settlement near Denver. These include the Gilpin History Museum (228 E. 1st High Street), which occupies a two-story 1870 schoolhouse; the Thomas House Museum (209 Eureka St.), furnished to reflect middle-class life in 1917; and Coeur d'Alene Mine Shaft House (Academy Hill), which includes antique mining equipment. A notable item in the Gilpin History Museum is the Mountain Submarine, a mostly wooden submarine built in the 1890s by a local engineer. It sank on its initial voyage in a lake and wasn't recovered until 1944. The Thomas House is open for tours year round. Gilpin History Museum is open Memorial Day Weekend through Oct. 1. The mine shaft house is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.