» Miners' Days & Heritage Celebration

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Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for your support of the 2013 Nederland Area Historical Society Miners’ and Old Timers’ Days. Unfortunately our area and community has been hit with an insurmountable flooding disaster. The rain event has left thousands without the comforts of everyday life. This has caused us to reconsider our event and in light of the events we will be canceling the 2013 event to allow the community to focus on relief efforts.

We will forge on with the event next year on September 20 and 21, 2014. We will be looking for support, volunteers and sponsors in the coming months. We hope to make it our biggest event yet!

Shivaun and Emmit Hoyl
Event Coordinators



Miners' Days & Heritage Celebration

Nederland's past has been closely tied to mining. From 1859 to the 1880s Nederland served as a supply depot and mill center for the silver boom in nearby Caribou. The discovery of gold around 1899 in Eldora revived area's fortunes. In 1905 miners discovered that the valley was rich in tungsten, a substance that is used for hardening steel. During World War I, Nederland became the center of world tunsten production. During this time Nederland flourished while tungsten Mining and milling continued until the 1970s. Gold is still mined in Caribou today.

The Celebration

Once a year Nederland celebrates its beginnings and heritage with the Miners' Days Celebration. For two days Nederland comes alive again as real miners, both men and women, with amazing skills compete in spike driving, jackleg drilling, bow sawing, mucking, and single jack rock drilling and double jack rock drilling.

Not a miner? Events like mucking and bow sawing are open to all and cash prizes are awarded to the top five finishers. There are also competitions and activities for kids including panning for gold, mucking, watermelon eating and many more.

How You Can Be A Part

Sponsors help us keep the spirit of this unique celebration alive. The proceeds to to the Nederland Area Historical Society for the annual Miner's Days Celebration, the restoration of the Bryant house and the restoration of the Bucyrus 50B Steam Shovel.

Hundreds of people visit the weekend of Miners' Days to take part in the events and remembe the "Good Ole Days".

2013 Schedule

8:00 am registration
Events start at 9:00 am with Single Jackleg Drilling
Spike Drive 
Mucking + Junior Spike Drive
Singlejack Hand Drilling + Junior Mucking

8:00 am Registration
Events start at 9:00 am with Bow Saw + Junior Single Jack
Team Jackleg + Junior Bow Saw
Wheelbarrow Race
Wood Splitting 

Other weekend events include:
• Nederland Seniors Community Pancake Breakfast Saturday & Sunday at the Community Center - 9am - 11am.
• Vendors both Saturday and Sunday*
• Museums open Saturday and Sunday*

*Proceeds benefit Nederland Area Historical Society.

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