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Jun 11, 2016 9:22 AM

213-year-old mica mine, now a tourist attraction, for sale

The Associated Press

GRAFTON (AP) — A commercial mica mine-turned-tourist attraction is on the market for $2 million in New Hampshire.

Ruggles Mine in Grafton produced mica and other minerals for 160 years before opening to the public in 1963. The 235-acre property includes a gift shop, museum and an enormous pit with tunnels and caverns that make up the oldest and largest mine of its kind in the United States. Visitors have come from around the world, and are allowed to keep whatever they find.

The current owner is 90-year-old Geraldine Searles, whose husband purchased the mine for $20,000 in 1960. Real estate agents have heard from several interested buyers, some who are considering adding a campground or restaurant.

The mine will be open June 18 for a free open house.

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