The National Mining Hall of Fame is a museum located in Leadville
, USA, dedicated to commemorating the work of miners and people that work with natural resources. The museum also participates in efforts to inform the public about the mining industry.The group holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States
Code.The museum occupies 71,000 square feet (6,600 m2).
Major exhibits include an elaborate model railroad, a walk-through replica of an underground hardrock mine, the Gold Rush room, with many specimens of native gold, a large collection of mineral specimes,a mining art gallery and a gift shop.The Hall of Fame is a federally chartered memorial for men and women who have achieved lasting greatness in the mining industry and related fields.
Inductees are selected by the museum's board of governors. A candidate ordinarily must be deceased, and have made significant contributions to the American mining scene. Consideration is given to prospectors, miners, mining leaders, engineers, teachers, financiers, inventors, journalists, rascals, geologists and others.