- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A company plans to mine for silica and other minerals on land about 45 miles from Sacramento that has been purchased from the family of the man who owned legendary racehorse Seabiscuit.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1gDrI26) about 12,000 acres of the property once controlled by descendants of Charles Howard were sold and are now protected by a Nature Conservancy conservation easement. U.S. Mine CEO Scott Walker says his company has purchased the remaining 3,300 acres of what was once known as Howard Ranch after two years of negotiating.

He said the company will be mining for silica, a mineral used to make glass, by the end of the year and have 150 people working on the site.

Future mining projects are being planned, as is an on-site headquarters.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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