The story of the diamond millwork that’s been in a place called the Pacific Architectural Millwork in Seneca County for more than a century.
It began with a simple dream: to mine a ton of diamond for the Oregon Department of Mineral Resources.
The mine, at a site called Pacific Architecture Millwork, is the biggest diamond producer in the world.
But the mine had its problems.
First, the mine was plagued with problems with pollution.
The mine, which was owned by an oil company called Canadian Pacific, was one of the first mines in the U.S. to produce heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury.
In the 1970s, Canadian Pacific was accused of dumping toxic waste into a nearby stream.
As the years went by, pollution levels increased and mining continued, but the company was never able to fix the problems.
As of now, the company is bankrupt.
Second, the mercury and arsenic levels at the mine became too high.
“In the late 1970s and early 1980s, mercury and lead levels were so high that we had to remove thousands of tons of material from the site,” explained Andrew Lefebvre, an emeritus professor at Oregon State University.
Because of the mercury, the river level had risen, which meant the water level in the river also rose.
This made it very difficult to control pollution levels and the mine’s health was put at risk.
Then, in 1991, the state of Oregon closed the mine because of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a deadly disease that can be caused by the Legionella bacteria.
The mercury and the arsenic levels in the mine were still too high, but they were not as high as they had been.
The millwork began to decline.
By 2002, the millwork had lost more than 40 percent of its capacity.
It was a losing battle.
This was when the Oregonian reported that the mine, built in 1929, had been the world, at the time, largest diamond producer.
The newspaper reported that, at that time, the Diamond Council of Oregon said the mine produced $1 billion worth of diamonds a year.
So, when the millworks last saw the light of day in the fall of 2017, it was like a lightbulb went off.
It opened up a floodgate of interest.
Over the next year, the Oregon Tribune and other local news organizations came to the site and began interviewing former employees.
They found out that it was a huge waste of money and time.
One former employee told the newspaper, “We lost $1 million a year because of it.
It would have been good money had it been mine.”
The mine was closed and eventually shut down.
Oregon’s economy boomed.
The state grew to more than 50,000 people and its gross domestic product was $4.4 billion in 2020.
Despite the difficulties the mine experienced, the mines’ story has endured.
It’s the story of an idea that has stayed with the world for decades, even as mining and the state economy have grown in recent years.
For the first time, a large diamond mine has become the world biggest, but in an era where many other large mining companies have left the state, it’s a story of perseverance and a hope that the world will be better off for it.
Related: The Diamond Council’s 2017 Diamond Report: The U.K. and Oregon’s Diamonds