“What’s the Rush? The Cultural Landscape of Rush Historic District”
October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Caven Clark, BNR Chief of Interpretation & Resource Management and Suika Rivett, BNR Archeologist will give an updated report on the Rush Historic District, exploring alternatives for improving the condition of the remaining structures and surrounding landscape, and also proposing new ways to bring the stories alive for visitors.
Rush Historic District in Buffalo National River preserves the remains of the mining community that first developed in the 1880s when zinc deposits were discovered in the exposed rock outcroppings of Rush Mountain. The community grew from individual prospectors’ digs to full-scale industrial zinc mining that contained vast room-and-pillar mines, zinc concentrating mills, and support structures. The start of World War I brought new demand for zinc, which led to a mining boom with ten different companies operating fourteen separate mines in the area. Falling prices for zinc after the war’s end meant closures of several mines, with the last one – New White Eagle Mine – closing in 1962. Today, the National Park Service tells the story of those mining years and currently is developing a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the area.