Project to preserve old Chauncey mine buildings moves forward

March 2, 2022

By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor

With initial grant funding secured, “there really isn’t a question” that at least some of the old mine buildings in Chauncey will be preserved for an outdoor museum, said Chauncey Mayor Amy Renner.

The collection of dilapidated mining industry buildings sits near the Chauncey-Dover Trailhead at The Baileys Trail System, among many markers in the park of land used for extractive industry.

By preserving the buildings, Renner and other local stakeholders hope to preserve that history — and share it with visitors.

“Chauncey’s history is really rooted in our mining industry, so it’s important to us to preserve that — especially with the influx of tourism that we have coming to the Baileys Trail System,” Renner said. “We’re really hoping that when visitors come, they can learn about Chauncey and its contribution to the energy industry.”