Mining for Fresh Takes
Turning Former Mines into Unique Attractions Could Provide Lessons Learned
Contaminated water and soil. Lengthy vertical shafts hidden by overgrown vegetation. Hazardous machinery submerged in stagnant water. Closed mines and quarries can be dangerous—even deadly—but sponsors that halt operations aren't always successful at deterring trespassers. The rescue of three people from a closed coal mine near Charleston, West Virginia, USA in December 2018 brought new attention to the problem—and sparked fresh interest in projects to transform these perilous spaces into unique attractions.