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Cave Creek Museum announces November events


CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for a busy November with several special events and its annual fundraiser, ‘A Miner’s Dinner’. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and pioneers. 

On Saturday, Nov. 5 the museum will host Wild West Days Stamp Mill Demonstration & Gold Panning. See the historic 1880 Golden Reef Mine Stamp Mill in action as volunteers crush hard rock ore in search of gold that can be separated and saved. The museum will showcase this Stamp Mill that came from its own mining district and was originally located on Continental Mountain. The Stamp Mill Demo will take place 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Gold Panning will happen 1-4:30 p.m., ongoing all afternoon.

A Stamp Mill Operation/Demonstration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 1:30-2 p.m. The historic stamp mill will be in action during this free demonstration.

Also on Nov. 12, the museum will present a program focused on P.O.W.s of Papago Butte. Author Steve Hoza will share the history of the German prisoner of war camp that sprawled at the base of the Papago Buttes. From 1944 through the end of the war, the encampment housed 31,000 P.O.W.s. Through dozens of photos and in the words of the P.O.W.s, the American soldiers who guarded them, and the Phoenix citizens who lived nearby, spend a little time within the razor-wired confines of what was one of Arizona’s largest prison camps. The program runs 2-3:30 p.m. Admission is free to museum members; a $5 donation is requested for non-members. Reservations are requested.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, 1:30-3 p.m., the museum will host ‘Family Fun Workshop: Leave No Carbon Footprint’. During this workshop, participants will learn about renowned local poet, hiker, and preservationist Geoffrey Platts. Raised in England, Platts moved to Arizona in 1962 and fell in love with the Sonoran desert. He lived in a one-room cabin near Cave Creek for more than two decades. He became an activist who at one point gathered trash in bags and dumped them on the Arizona Senate floor to demonstrate the litter problem. The program is free with the cost of museum admission. Reservations are requested.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the museum will host the ‘Miner’s Dinner’, which includes a chuckwagon dinner that will be patterned after a traditional miner’s fare. Attendees will have a chance to see the fully operational Stamp Mill in action, as well as see a blacksmith at work, pan for gold, and bid on silent and live auction items. The event runs 4-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m., the community is invited to Vino & Canvas. Tickets are $35 per person, with $15 being donated to the museum and the cost includes materials and drinks. Seating is limited. Register at

For more information on Cave Creek Museum programs, call (480) 488-2764 or visit