The 1894 Paris Mill has been identified as Park County’s most significant historic mining resource. At the same time, the site contained high levels of toxic metals such as cadmium and zinc.
Park County has purchased the Paris Mill and surrounding property to restore the mill for future public use. To ensure public health and safety, and to prevent the contamination of nearby Buckskin Creek (pictured above), contaminated soils and mill tailings were removed or encapsulated over a three-year period.
In addition to providing matching funds for a conservation easement grant, the Park County Land & Water Trust Fund also contributed matching funds for soils and tailings remediation on the property.