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Closed NIdaho Mines Are Hazardous

The Evolution Mine triggered gold and silver fever in North Idaho in the 1880s – the first lode-mining site in the mineral-rich Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Miners pulled ore for decades from the Evolution until it was closed in the late 1940s. Today, the main shaft of the historic mine outside of Osburn, Idaho, is a forgotten hole: a dangerous and accessible 12-foot-wide puncture in the hillside that drops 300 feet or more into the earth just a short distance from Interstate 90. “It clearly presents a danger to the public – to hikers and hunters and anyone else who might venture up here,” said Clarence “Butch” Jacobson, a 71-year-old Mullan resident, as he stood at the site last week. He discovered it while visiting 400 abandoned mining sites in North Idaho in the past three years/Bill Morlin, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever been underground at any great distance in a mine?