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Abandoned mines - Nevada's dangerous legacy

By May 28, 2012

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Mining has been a mainstay of Nevada's economy since well before statehood, but all that digging has left thousands of abandoned mines across the landscape. It's a dangerous situation you need to be aware of while enjoying the great outdoors around the Silver State.

Dangerous abandoned mines in Nevada, NV
Dangerous abandoned mines found throughout Nevada.
Image courtesy Nevada BLM

The Nevada Division of Minerals estimates that there are around 200,000 abandoned mine sites in the state. Of these, some 50,000 are considered serious public safety hazards. Some of the worst have been sealed and/or fenced off, but since most of Nevada is public land, thousands are still accessible to anyone who happens to run across them.

People have been seriously injured and killed fooling around with abandoned mines. The #1 rule is... Stay Out! The dangers are numerous and not obvious, so don't take a chance with your life.

You can safely explore Nevada's mining history on any of several guided mine tours available in various places. Please satisfy your curiosity with one of these tours and don't become another sad statistic.

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