Pictured is the historic Stamp Mill at the Cave Creek Museum. Mill demonstrations will be held on Nov. 11.
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Special events planned for Cave Creek Museum

Staff Report~ 11/5/2014

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is offering a chance to discover ancient ruins and see a historic stamp mill in action this month.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., the museum is hosting a geology hike that will explore what the rocks in Cave Creek have weathered in the past. Participants need to meet at the Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr. in Cave Creek, and then caravan to geological sites selected by Tom McGuire, Earth Science educator and author. Sneakers/running shoes are fine – no sandals, please. Expect uneven rocky ground, but no significant climbing. This is an event for the whole family. No special science background is needed. There will be about 10 stops, all within Cave Creek. A magnifying lens will be handy. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost is $25 per family. Reservations required.

‘A Miner’s Dinner’ on Tuesday, Nov. 11 will transport guests back in time as they dine outside by the museum’s historic ‘Golden Reef’ Stamp Mill that is believed to date back to 1880. Attendees will have a chance to see the fully operational Stamp Mill in action – the only operational 10-Stamp Mill in the state (and the only Stamp Mill in Maricopa County). Guests will also be able to see a blacksmith at work. A Dutch-oven dinner will be patterned after that of a traditional miner’s fare. Cowboy balladeer Mike Ewing will perform and guests can also bid on silent and live auction items. The Stamp Mill demonstrations are free to the public and will be held at 4 and 5 p.m.

For more information on these special events and other programs at the Cave Creek Museum, call (480) 488-2764 or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.