Students exploring a mine

The adventure began with an exciting field trip to the Bachelor Syracuse Mine in Ouray, CO. As students ventured nearly a third of a mile into the dark, damp mine shaft, the reality of what miners endured during the Gold Rush started to sink in. This mine, which had operated for over a century since its opening in 1884, was primarily focused on silver mining. The students got a taste of the miners' lives as they lifted heavy equipment, stood in complete darkness, and listened to the sound of trickling water all around them. They also learned about the different parts of a mine and the important roles that miners played.

The following week, we delved deeper into Telluride's rich mining history. A visit to the Telluride Historical Museum and Lone Tree Cemetery revealed a world filled with discovery, hardships, community, life, loss, and fascination. These locations provided a captivating glimpse into the past.

On Thursday evening, back at TMS, students came together for a fun-filled gathering and a sleepover at school. The students worked in teams to carve spooky pumpkins, enjoyed a delicious miner's dessert, wrote uplifting messages on classroom whiteboards, and bonded over games and songs. The following morning, we started the day with a hearty breakfast of bacon, French toast, and fruit courtesy of Mr. Andy. Then, jeeps scooped us up for a bumpy and thrilling ride to Tomboy Mine.

Upon arrival, the students were fascinated to discover remnants of shoes, shirts, beds, and housing that had once comprised the bustling old mining town nestled high in the mountains. Reflecting on all that they had learned during the mine visit, museum tour, and cemetery exploration, a vivid picture of a miner's life emerged in their minds.

Overall, this outdoor education trip was a truly immersive and eye-opening experience for the students. They not only gained a deeper understanding of the history of mining in the area but also developed a newfound appreciation for the resilience and challenges faced by early miners.

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