Silverton not ready to bid farewell to mining

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Silverton not ready to bid farewell to mining

Since it left in 1991, economic prospects have suffered
In this three-part series

Sunday: How serious the problem is and why it’s been so difficult to fix. Also, why Silverton has resisted federal money and the Superfund label that would come with it.
Monday: Possible solutions and who might pay. Also, successes in cleaning up mines in the Mineral Creek drainage.
TODAY: Silverton’s mining history lures tourists. Faced with a difficult environmental challenge, residents talk about bringing the industry back after a 22-year absence.

Silverton not ready to bid farewell to mining

Industrial mining has played a large role in Silverton since the 1870s. Miners in the Silverton area stop their work to pose for a picture around 1900. The area’s last big mine closed in 1991, but many in town want to see the industry return.
A wooden sculpture, standing in an ore cart once used to carry riches from the surrounding mountains, decorates a front yard in Silverton.
The rich mining history around Silverton draws thousands of tourists each year. A tour group stops in front of the Congress Mine recently. Others make off-road adventures on their own.
A pack train makes its way through Silverton on the way to a mine, circa 1890. The area’s last big mine closed in 1991, but many in town want to see the industry return.
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