I made plans to visit Nelson last year, called and talked to Tony briefly and asked if
there was much on display. He replied "a few things you will like".
I had planned on just a couple of hours there (it is less than an hour from home).
I ended up spending the whole day there....
Tony and Bobbie, the owners, have assembled a remarkable collection of old goodies,
not to mention that they own the Techatticup Mine and give tours.
When Tony first started "building" the town, he would work on it on weekends or as his
time permitted. He built this small "shack" with a secret opening in the floor, and a
12' X 20' underground storage room to keep his tools and equipment safe while he was gone.
He would always leave a few junk tools and items in the building and every few weeks he would come back and they would be gone. No one ever thought to roll back
the carpet and see what was under it. The first set of photos are of the "shack", the "back door" about 30 feet away, and some of the items he has on display there now.
The rest of the photos show the old Cyanide processing plant, some random buildings
and equipment, and a couple of photos inside the mine.
Interesting hard rock mine, both MSHA and Clark County certified for safety.
They give tours to school kids so the certification is neccessary.
If you get a chance, it is well worth spending some time there.