Bohemia Gold Mining Museum

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        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.


Did You Know?

The 'big red barn' recognized as the 'Boots and Sandals Square Dance Barn' which houses the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum and the Cottage grove Historic Society was built in 1938.  
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. 

In the fall of 1867, Bird Farrier made the first 'cash sale' within the Bohemia District when he sold the Excelsior claim to Joseph Knott for $900 cash.

The museum is open three days each week. 


Thursday, Friday & Saturday:
1:00 to 4:00 pm    

Admission: $2.00 per person  
Your generous donations help us to preserve 
our mining history.  

We ask that you sign the museum's guest book 

each time you visit.  

      We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Telephone:  541.942.5022 and leave a message
Looking For: 
We are seeking Bohemia Mining DayCommemorative buttons from the years of 1964 and 2000.

This 70-inch tall wood carving was carved by Floyd Davis using a California Redwood stump. The sculpture took
three and a half years to complete.  A must see ... 


Call us at 541.942.5022 to schedule a TOUR of the museum.  We would love to show you our mining history!

*Leave a message requesting a call back.  Note: It may take a few days for us to get back to you.

OR *if you are traveling through town and would like to visit the museum during non-business hours, please contact Craig at:  541.517.3146. If he is available, he will be happy to open the museum for you. 

If you would like to donate any artifacts or items related to our rich mining history, please contact us at 541.942.5022 (leave a message); or come see us during our open hours.