Bohemia Gold Mining Museum
Located inside the former Boots and Sandals Square Dance Barn (the red barn), just across from Bohemia Park. The museum is a living and expanding memorial to all miners, and to the history of gold mining activities in the Bohemia Mining District. The museum’s unique collection of photographs, tools, ore samples, and other artifacts pays tribute to the area’s gold mining history. This museum is dedicated to the memory of Guy Leabo, a long-time area miner with a passion for preserving the rich history of the Bohemia Mining District. Many of the artifacts in the museum were donated from his personal collection.
Guy Leabo was the former owner of the mine at Crystal Basin. He was also a mining historian and a collector of antique mining tools and equipment. A life long resident of the area, he played a significant role in helping to preserve and promote the mining culture in Cottage Grove.
The Boots and Sandals square dance club was christened in 1954 with dances being held at what is now the Cottage Grove Elk's Lodge; but which they quickly outgrew. Club members scraped enough funds together to purchase and refurbish the aging barn structure known as the 'big red barn' to hold twice weekly square dance gatherings.
The museum is open three days each week.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC !!
Thursday, Friday & Saturday:
1:00 to 4:00 pm
We ask that you sign the museum's guest book
each time you visit.
We look forward to seeing you soon!