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Three Kids Mine

Three Kids Mine

Manganese One Plant (AKA) Three Kids Mine, Henderson Nevada, 1916-1962

Manganese One Plant (AKA) Three Kids Mine

Henderson, Nevada, 1916-1962

The Manganese Ore (AKA) Three Kids Mine has a battle born history from 1917-1961. The mine and mill sites had three periods of activity each related to a time of war and internal tensions (WWI, WWII, and  the Korean and Cold War years).

While manganese is used in tough alloys, resistant to wear, manganese production of sufficient quality required the construction of the new mill and corresponded to the period of high demand in WWII and during the cold war era. In 1961 most of the rich ore was depleted and the U.S. Government contracts were terminated.  The mine and mill was dismantled and closed in 1962.

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