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Frenchman Mine

Abandoned

    In August of 1903, a fugitive named Paul Watelet attempted to enter Canada via Washington State. Watelet was trying to avoid an Ohio arrest warrant for fraud charges in connection to his group, the Colville Group Mining Company, for having misrepresented the company's operations to obtain an investment from a John Carnahan for $4000 (approximately $120,000 in today's money). The warrant named "Count" Paul Watelet in the scheme of obtaining the money by means of false pretense. Watelet was not actually a Count, but rather a Belgian miner from Oakland, California. Sometime In 1905, he made his way to Las Vegas...   ...

Three Kids Mine

Abandoned

  Three Kids Mine; Las Vegas, Nevada     Three Kids Mine on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada may be less worthy of mention for its past than for its post-use roles due in large part to its position on the increasingly-encroaching fringes of the urban center. Built in 1916 and opened the following year, Three Kids Mine consists of a massive 300 foot deep open pit, along with two other nearby smaller pits from which high grade manganese ore was mined. Though today it sits not far from the boundary of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, at the time of the mine's construction, the Hoover Dam was still over a de ...

Las Vegas Zoo

Abandoned

Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park   The Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park, often called the Las Vegas Zoo, was located on three acres in a mixed residential and commercial  area of Las Vegas and held over 150 species of animals. In 2013, relations between the park's trained zookeeping staff and park owners Pat and Muffy Dingle reached a tipping point. After years of customer complaints and USDA violations citing poor vet care, lack of shade protection from the Las Vegas sun, poor pen conditions, improper food, and general disrepair of the center, zookeepers who had remained working to provide what care they cou ...

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