Museum Department - City of Platteville
405 E. Main Street, P. O. Box 780
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-0780
Telephone (608) 348-3301
The Mining Museum traces the development of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley Lead and Zinc District from its beginnings in the 1820s until active mining ceased in 1979. Through dioramas, photographs, maps, and artifacts you will learn how lead and zinc were mined and processed into useful items of everyday life.
Your guided tour of the Bevans Lead Mine will take you underground into the past to see how the miners freed the galena (lead ore) from the rock and sent it to the surface. Early 20th century zinc mining is also displayed and discussed.
The tour finishes in the headframe, the building built over the shaft of zinc mines to house the hoisting equipment. On the ground floor you will see how the miners prepared for work. The upper floor contains the hoist from the Dall Mine and the grizzly bars from the Little Mullen Mine.
Please note that there are 90 steps to be climbed to tour the mine. Comfortable shoes and a jacket will make your visit more enjoyable. Rides on the mine train are given with every tour, weather permitting.
The mining exhibits in the Mining Museum building are handicapped accesible.
The Rountree Gallery, featuring works by area artists, will be found on the second floor of the Mining Museum building. Admission to the gallery is free during posted hours.