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PRESERVING THE MINING HERITAGE

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Larry Kingsbury
Archaeologist, U.S.F.S. Warren Office

"Throughout the American West most of the gold towns have vanished due to wildfire and or other forms of modification. This town has been saved from wildfire four times. And it's unusual to find buildings that are more than a hundred years old. It's unusual to find historic properties, archaeological sites that still contain archaeological wood.
…Unfortunately cultural resources don't last forever. That's why archaeologists are involved with doing data recovery."

Steve Stoddard
Archaeological Technician

"We try to go up and extract the maximum amount of information that we can get. And this is where having these excavations, having the public come up and join us; help us find those pieces of information. To be up there in that place and to have those things come to light, to figure out what was going on here, how did these people live, what was their daily life like and we can get that from the artifacts. We can get that from the relationships of the structures and the things that they left."

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Patricia Johnson
Idaho City Magistrate

"I think it's very important here in Idaho City that we continue to work to preserve our old buildings, renovate them so that they are functional as well as historic, and that they remain a real focal point of this community."

Lavon James
Pres. Yankee Fork Historical Preservation Society

"I think it's a tragedy to let it all go and they ought to be able to restore it at least to keep it there so the younger generation can still see it because it is a part of history. A lot of people say, well, that's bygone, forget about that let's go on with our lives, but I think it would really be a travesty if all of them was just to let it go."
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Linda Clark
Archaeologist, BLM

"I came down and met with the community and got a very strong feeling that this trestle meant a lot to them. It was part of the mining heritage here. So based on that I got funding through the BLM to restore it.
…You see a lot of the people in town have just a very strong interest in this area. And there's a sense of leaving things where they lay. The townspeople really do not want to see their history packed off the mine hill."

Lowell Frauenholz
White Knob Preservation Society

There's a pride in a small town like this that goes back to raucous history of the mines that has held all these years. A few of the people from the mining days still being alive helps but it's the new generation that's doing it and I hope the generation following mine that will continue it.

Earl Lockie
Pres. South Custer Historical Society

"I think people realize that it was mining that put this place on the map. There's just a lot of nostalgia and a lot of fascination with the how Mackay came to be. And it makes people wonder why it's still here when a lot of mining towns have gone the way of the wild goose and nothing but a ghost town and heck we're still hanging in here and we've got a little more life than ever."