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

The Bullion Mine is one of many problem mines that remain.

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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