- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) - A piece of Virginia’s coal-mining history will undergo a makeover this spring.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says coal mining in the so-called Richmond basin dates back several centuries. The planned work at Midlothian Mines Park is intended to enhance the park’s environment and safety.

The department says it has given $964,000 in grant money for the reclamation of the park. It is the only ruins in the Richmond coalfield and is home to the oldest standing coal mining structures in the state. Mining ended at the site in 1925.

Some of the work to come includes stabilizing the ruins of an old boiler house and replacing fencing and a mine shaft. When completed, visitors will be able to peer down the shaft.

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