Idaho Springs is steeped in history. In its heart, it is a mining town which sprung up because of the discovery of gold and the possibilities that discovery birthed. Built in 1991, The Heritage Museum exhibits a number of artifacts from the 1860’s to the 1940’s that tell the story of George A. Jackson’s discovery of gold in 1859 and the resulting rush that transformed the valley. Additionally, the Museum has a collection of Indian artifacts, fire department equipment, 10th Mountain Division Ski Exhibit, Berthoud Pass Ski Area history, geological specimens, mining tools, and features early day life and hand crafts from the local people. It is a fabulous way to get a look at the heart of Clear Creek County. The Heritage Museum and Visitor Center is located at 2060 Miner Street in downtown Idaho Springs.