Ruggles Mine

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  Ruggles Mine, a former tourist attraction in Grafton, has a new owner. 

For decades, tourists from around the world visited the mine, where they'd hammer away, trying to find something shiny. But the mine closed in 2016 and has been for sale ever since.

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Ruggles Mine once drew visitors from all over the world, but it’s been  closed and for sale since 2016. NHPR’s Daniela Allee has more now on what the mine off Route 4 in Grafton once was, as its future remains unknown. 

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The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced its "Seven to Save" properties Tuesday. The annual register highlights historic places in the state that are in danger of disappearing due to neglect, demolition and other factors.

 

"This year we're touting it as our most diverse list and certainly that involves its age,” says Andrew Cushing, Field Service Representative with the Alliance. “We have buildings from the 1790s all the way up to the 1940s."

N.H. Exploring Idea of Making Ruggles Mine a State Park

Jul 16, 2018
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New Hampshire is in the early stages of assessing the feasibility of turning a 215-year-old mineral mine in Grafton into a state park.

 

After miners stopped digging for mica and other minerals, Ruggles Mine became a popular tourist attraction. Photojournalist Cheryl Senter says she has fond memories of visiting the mine and seeing its glittering walls as a child.