Argo Gold Mine and Mill
The Argo Mine, at that time of its completion in 1970 after 17 years of excavation, was the longest and deepest in the world. It was about twelve feet in diameter, reached a depth of 1,300 feet and was 4.16 miles long. Its purpose was to not only access gold ore but to also drain and ventilate other mines that it passed under. The other mines were also able to transport gold ore by way of the Argo mine. The Argo mine produced $100 million of gold during its lifetime, a remarkable feat considering that an ounce of gold was worth $18-35 dollars. Today, the mine is a big tourist destination, attracting people from all over the country and world. Its size and impact on the local economy warranted its placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Backstory and Context
"Our History." Argo Gold Mine and Mill. Accessed November 15, 2016. http://historicargotours.com/our-history.