When we think of mining history, we often think of the gold rushes that lured frenzied prospectors to wild and untamed lands or early coal miners toiling deep underground. Countless communities sprang up because of these mining operations—some survived, some didn’t. For many that survived, mining has remained the lifeblood of the community. What has been handed down from generation to generation is that passion for prospecting—whether it be for gold, coal, diamonds or molybdenum. And there is still a pride in preserving the past and the roots of mining as we look ahead to the future.  

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