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Crews Digging Into History: Pulaski Tunnel A Refuge in 1910 Fire

It's not much to look at. Much of what remains near the mine where forest ranger Edward Pulaski and 45 men holed up during the Great Fire of 1910 could be described as junk – not even worthy of display in a museum. But for historians trying to piece together evidence of one of the Silver Valley's most famed tales of survival, bits of broken glass and rusted metal are worth their weight in gold. "They are the things archaeologists can pull together to tell the story," Forest Service archaeologist Steve Matz said. "Even the smallest scraps can be important." Archaeologists have spent the past week collecting artifacts and surveying the historical site in preparation for restoration of the tunn


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