What will happen to the old mill, American Flats

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Updated: 1/20/2013 10:21 am
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The Bureau of Land Management expects to make a decision on what to do with the historic United Comstock Merger Mill near Gold Hill, Nevada in the next few months. It was the largest concrete mill in the United States when it was built in 1922. The mill has been closed for more than 80 years.  An audit in 2008 found the site a high liability to public safety.  Demolition could mean a one time cost of two-to-three million dollars but alternatives that include fencing and 24-hour security could cost millions over a few years.
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COMANCHE - 1/20/2013 7:35 AM
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You miss the point completely Mr. Bill; 1. It obviously is considered to be an historic resource (at least by the government) or they wouldn't be concerned about asking the public about what to do with it. 2. Don't you think that's it's a pretty big double standard with regard to what the government can do on "its" land as opposed to what a private property owner can do on theirs. 3. A couple of years ago a land developer in Stagecoach graded over what the government "thought" "might" have been the foundation of an old Pony Express Station. I think that guy is still in jail. 4. I think it's big ol' dangerous eyesore myself....I'm just sayin'.

FallonBill - 1/19/2013 12:01 PM
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I don't quite understand how a dangerous and ugly skeleton of an old building can be considered a historical resource. Replace it with a museum featuring the story and photos of how it was once.

COMANCHE - 1/19/2013 8:02 AM
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If this historical resource were on private land the government would FORCE the landowner to mitigate the public safety hazard WITHOUT destroying or harming the resource in any way. Since the government seems to be the landowner in this case, the BLM should also be FORCED to comply in the same manner. Maybe that would also force the government to prioritize economic resources the same way the private citizen has to.

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