A brief outing today -- to the old Central Mine's stamp mill. "Central Creek" (the east branch of the Eagle River) supplied water to the mill, which processed copper-bearing rock from the ridiculously rich Central Mine. It also took away the tailings, which filled up the surrounding countryside, destroying trees and plants of all kinds. To this day, preserved wood sticks out of the sands (where only a few scrubby plants grow) as a reminder of the devastation of the mill's sands. For more details, check out Cliffs and Ruins
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