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Abandoned Mines - Stay Out, Stay Alive!


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Abandoned Mine Lands Program


STAY OUT STAY ALIVE!  

What should you do when you visit public lands where there are abandoned mines?  Besides having a good time and taking photographs, watch your step!  Be aware of old, broken, and rotting timbers. Be alert of the circumstances and dangers before you go into the area.  Above all, never go underground. Conditions are extremely dangerous!

Some mine shafts are hard to see because they are covered by overgrown vegetation.  You can come upon some of them without warning.  The shafts of those old mines may seem tempting to explore, but stay out! They can be deadly.  Poisonous snakes and insects, toxic gases, rotten boards and timbers, and unused explosives can all be found inside abandoned mines.  Walls can cave in and trap people inside.  If you stay out of mine shafts, you'll stay alive!

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Have fun, but above all, be careful!


Abandoned Open Mine Shaft  BLM Photo
Stay Out Stay Alive Logo. BLM Photo
OHV being hoisted out of a mine shaft.  BLM Photo

STAY OUT AND STAY ALIVE


Hand crank mine shaft.  Photo Courtesy of Murl Shaver

Bureau of Land Management
Needles Field Office
1303 S. Hwy 95
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: (760) 326-7000
Fax: (760) 326-7099
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