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Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—A Series of Small Victories

…we cheered and high-fived each other as the ore cart slowly crested the top of the headframe, then picked up a bit of speed on the short downhill section and came to an abrupt halt, ejecting its contents of ore…

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