Historic Keane Wonder Mine reopens to public

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DEATH VALLEY – Death Valley National Park plans to reopen historic Keane Wonder Mine to the public starting on Tuesday, November 7.

Keane Wonder Mine is one of the best examples of historical gold mining in Death Valley National Park. The photogenic aerial tramway still has ore buckets hanging from cables. In the early 1900s, miners used the tramway to lower 70 tons of gold ore per day down the steep Funeral Mountains.

Keane Wonder Mine was one of the most popular sites in the park prior to its closure in 2008. The National Park Service (NPS) established a temporary closure on the area due to safety concerns.

In order to make the area safer for visitors, the park closed off entrances to mine openings and stabilized the tramway towers, upper terminal, and lower terminal. Concerns about the content of mill tailings have been studied via multiple rounds of soil sampling.

The reopening celebration on Tuesday, November 7 will be held at Keane Wonder Mine, off the Beatty Cutoff Road

Credited to – The Ridgecrest Daily Independent.

 

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