Carson City, Nev. – In light of recent trespasses, vandalism incidents, and fire caused from fireworks at the site, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), reminds the public of the closure which has been in effect since January 1997, at the American Flat Mill site located in Storey County, Nevada. This closure was implemented to provide for public safety.
The closure generally states:
Any person failing to comply with the closure order or activity restrictions may be subject to imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or fine. BLM and Storey County officers regularly patrol the area to gain compliance with the closure and ensure safety of the visiting public. The United Comstock Merger Mill site is located on public lands near Gold Hill, Nevada. The mill was built in 1922 to process local gold and silver ore utilizing cyanide vat leaching in what was then described as the largest concrete mill in the United States. Since abandonment in 1926, this seven-acre mill site has been used as a place to hold parties, post graffiti, and conduct paintball wars despite physical safety hazards from falling concrete, underground mill sumps filled with water, and holes in the concrete flooring. A 2008 audit of the site by the Department of Interior, Office of the Inspector General, found the mill site to be a high risk-liability to the U.S. Government. For more information call 775-885-6117.
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