This photo from the News Tribune files, attributed to Pederson’s Photo Studio in Virginia, is dated to June 1972 — though it’s not clear if that’s when it was taken, when it ran in the paper or both.
It’s a view out over the still-active Rouchleau Mine, which has received a lot of attention in more recent years as the new U.S. Highway 53 bridge was built over the now-flooded, abandoned mine pit:
Here’s another view from a couple years earlier, as work on the bridge was beginning:
In the 1972 photo, the observation site was called “Viewpoint in the Sky.” At some point, it was renamed “Mineview in the Sky” and remained in operation — in a larger, enclosed building — until the end of the 2015 summer season, when it closed to make way for the new bridge project. As of fall 2017, the city of Virginia was looking at options for restoring a mine observation site.
Here’s a look at the Mineview in the Sky from its final weeks in operation:
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