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The National Mining Hall of Fame to Induct Four

Ceremonies for the induction of four mining industry pioneers into the National Mining Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the Charles F. Barber Pavilion of the Museum Convention Center in Leadville, Colorado.

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