Celebrate “Nevada Mining Week” Oct. 26 At Rancho San Rafael

Nevada’s mining industry will be celebrated during the last week of October as part of Nevada Mining Week.

Events will highlight Nevada’s long and prosperous relationship with the mining industry from the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859 to becoming the fourth largest gold producer in the world.

The mining industry founded the Silver State and it continues to significantly benefit Nevada economically, historically and socially.

Nevada Mining Week events are sponsored by the Nevada Mining Association and will take place in northern and southern Nevada.

“This (Nevada Mining Week) is a chance for us to recognize the importance of mining in our everyday lives,” said Russ Fields, Nevada Mining Association president.

“Mining benefits us all and that can sometimes be easy to take for granted. Without mining, computers, telephones, televisions, and other everyday products wouldn’t exist. In fact, everything harvested, manufactured, transported or published requires minerals that come from mining. Nevada was founded on mining and its residents should be proud of Nevada’s mining prominence.”

Mining Week gets an early start at the Meridian Gold Run for Education on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The Nevada Mining Association will sponsor a water station during the event that supports the Washoe County School District.

Sponsored by Meridian Gold Company, the 10K, 5K and children’s Red Robin Fun Run will begin and end at the Meridian Gold Worldwide Corporate Headquarters, 9670 Gateway Drive in south Reno.

Activities begin on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Great Basin Adventure Park at Rancho San Rafael in Reno, 1595 North Sierra.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will be able to pan for gold, make paving stones, explore a mine and examine mining artifacts provided by the Nevada Mining Association.

Members of the University of Nevada, Mackay School of Mines mining competition team will also be on hand performing demonstrations and exhibitions and the Nevada Division of Minerals will teach kids about abandoned mine safety and bring a hands-on educational display of the state’s minerals. Admission is free.

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