Norseman was settled because a horse discovered gold! Legend has it that a horse called Norseman went lame and its owner discovered a piece of rock in its hoof which turned out to be gold bearing. With the discovery of gold came the gold rush, which led to mining on a larger scale. Eventually a School of Mines was opened to train apprentices in their trades and the gold scales belonged to the school. Today the building has been converted to this museum.