A Rich History

Mining and the construction of mines began in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Driven by the desire to make money, people discovered minerals, gas, and other natural resources. The mining industry played a large role in shaping the people, cultures, and landscapes in the areas where they were formed. Many of the mines located in national parks are abandoned, but you can still find the remains of mines and the towns left behind. Discover the history of mines and mining in national parks and how they shaped the area.

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Last updated: February 5, 2019