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Part of the 900 feet of the Railroad Creek realignment can be seen at left, while the old channel of the creek can be seen at right. The excavators working the the foreground are preparing the area for the digging of the underground wall.

Part of the 900 feet of the Railroad Creek realignment can be seen at left, while the old channel of the creek can be seen at right. The excavators working the the foreground are preparing the area for the digging of the underground wall.

Material from the grading work on Tailings Pile 2, seen in the background, is dumped on Tailings Pile 3 at Holden Village, as mine remediation work continues. Bonanza Peak can be seen in the background.

Material from the grading work on Tailings Pile 2, seen in the background, is dumped on Tailings Pile 3 at Holden Village, as mine remediation work continues. Bonanza Peak can be seen in the background.

Volunteer Josh Stromberg uses safety cones to set up a work zone at Holden Village. As remediation work continues on the mine site, the village is being remodeled and work is being done to improve its infrastructure.

Volunteer Josh Stromberg uses safety cones to set up a work zone at Holden Village. As remediation work continues on the mine site, the village is being remodeled and work is being done to improve its infrastructure.

Gwen Daugs braids her granddauter Kasey Shultz's hair during lunch at Holden Village. The two volunteers are part of the crew that are working to improve the infrastructure at Holden during the mine remediation. According to Holden co-director Chuck Carpenter, even though the village hasn't been open to the public for the last two years they've made a conscious effort to maintain the feel of the town.

Gwen Daugs braids her granddauter Kasey Shultz's hair during lunch at Holden Village. The two volunteers are part of the crew that are working to improve the infrastructure at Holden during the mine remediation. According to Holden co-director Chuck Carpenter, even though the village hasn't been open to the public for the last two years they've made a conscious effort to maintain the feel of the town.

This excavator is being used to dig the hole for the underground wall being constructed between the tailings piles and Railroad Creek at Holden. The wall will be up to 90 feet deep in places and is being used to divert water that leaches through the tailings to the water treatment plant that will start to be built in 2015.

This excavator is being used to dig the hole for the underground wall being constructed between the tailings piles and Railroad Creek at Holden. The wall will be up to 90 feet deep in places and is being used to divert water that leaches through the tailings to the water treatment plant that will start to be built in 2015.

Workers at Holden Village take a break after lunch to enjoy some guitar music before getting back to work.

Workers at Holden Village take a break after lunch to enjoy some guitar music before getting back to work.

Desi, 7 and his brother Max Maher, 11, run through Holden Village past a construction area. The boys are the sons of Jonathan Maher a physicians assistant for Rio Tinto. There mother Elizabeth is a volunteer at Holden. During the closure of Holden, children running through the village are a less common site, but they are still there.

Desi, 7 and his brother Max Maher, 11, run through Holden Village past a construction area. The boys are the sons of Jonathan Maher a physicians assistant for Rio Tinto. There mother Elizabeth is a volunteer at Holden. During the closure of Holden, children running through the village are a less common site, but they are still there.

Volunteer electrician Penny Gates has been at Holden for over a year working to upgrade the electrical system.

Volunteer electrician Penny Gates has been at Holden for over a year working to upgrade the electrical system.

Justin Stephson works in the quality control lab at the Holden Mine remediation site. He's checking out the quality of the bentonite slurry used for building the wall.

Justin Stephson works in the quality control lab at the Holden Mine remediation site. He's checking out the quality of the bentonite slurry used for building the wall.

This rock crushing plant at Holden Village will be the site of the new water treatment plant being built to treat water that leaches through the tailings.

This rock crushing plant at Holden Village will be the site of the new water treatment plant being built to treat water that leaches through the tailings.

A dump truck moves rock to be used be used for the Holden Mine remediation. The rock crushing plant, seen in the background will be where the new water treatment plant will be built to treat water that leaches through the tailings.

A dump truck moves rock to be used be used for the Holden Mine remediation. The rock crushing plant, seen in the background will be where the new water treatment plant will be built to treat water that leaches through the tailings.

A drain is being installed at lodge 4 at Holden Village to divert water.

A drain is being installed at lodge 4 at Holden Village to divert water.

Copper Creek is being temporarily diverted as Holden Mine remidaiton continues.

Copper Creek is being temporarily diverted as Holden Mine remidaiton continues.