The silent monument of Silver City

Mineral deposits often carry a unique sheen.


Local News

February 3, 2020 - 10:17 AM

A bulldozer dumps raw material containing lamprolite into an underground storage container at Micro-Lite LCC near Silver City. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

Gazing across the expanse of the open-pit mine at Micro-Lite LLC just north of the Woodson-Wilson line, at first all I saw was sand, immeasurable tons of it.

I then had to pause as an immense yellow bulldozer, dirty with grit, rumbled by. I watched in subtle awe, unable to hear my thoughts, as the enormous scoop pivoted, dropping dusty material into a nearby grate.

“So what is it that you want, exactly?” the mine’s foreman had groaned in exasperation, clearly annoyed by the eccentric curiosity-seeker who’d ask to check out the area. Though after a fumbling attempt to explain myself while feigning curiosity about gadgets in the control room, he eventually gave in.

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