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Many parks boast rich mining histories and are active in preserving and even reconstructing mining-related historic structures and landscapes.

Parks established with the specific purpose of preserving the American mining heritage:
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park,
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, and
  • Keewanaw National Historical Park.
The first two of these parks commemorate the Alaskan gold rush of 1898, and the latter, established in 1992, celebrates the internationally significant copper mines in the upper Michigan peninsula.

Other parks that have mining history as a major theme include:
  • Death Valley National Park,
  • Big Bend National Park,
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

2 photos of mine site 1917 and 1994 (ruins)
Mariscal mine in 1917 and ruins in 1994, Big Bend National Park, Texas.
Evidence of earlier mining can also be viewed in the National Park System. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in Texas and Wupatki National Monument in Arizona preserve the remains of prehistoric extraction sites, and Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota protects the pipestone (red mudstone) quarries of the Yankton Sioux.

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Last updated: March 20, 2019


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