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The Assay Office depicts and explains the assay operation, vital to the gold mining industry. Samples of ore were brought to the assay office to ascertain their value in price per ton which was calculated from a small amount of rock. It was a complicated but necessary process to find out if a location was profitable enough to file a claim. Men were made millionaires or paupers from the information from this process. This was the first place a miner took his find.
The Assay Office
The building on the Cripple Creek District Museum property, between the District Museum Building and the Colorado Trading and Transfer Company Building was a garage in Victor that was moved to the property over 40 years ago.
(Author’s note: The picture on the right does not depict a ghost. It does depict the photographer.)