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Resurrecting an Old Hard Rock Mine—Setting Up the Millsite

One of the first things we did while looking at buying the equipment was figuring out how it would dovetail into the milling process we already had in mind.

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Long-Term Camping Plan at Fortymile Proposed by BLM


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