August 27, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's state historian is criticizing the federal government's plans to demolish the last of what remains of an historic mining mill built near Virginia City nearly a century ago.
The Bureau of Land Management decided this week to move forward with demolition of the United Comstock Merger Mill at American Flat. The agency says the crumbling ruins of the Storey County mill built in 1922 are unsafe.
Acting historic preservation officer Rebecca Palmer says it's a significant structure that should be preserved.
She tells the Reno Gazette-Journal it should have been included within the National Historic Landmark encompassing most of Virginia City, but the National Park Service left it out by mistake.
She says it would take a new act of Congress to protect it but acknowledges that's unlikely.
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