On Sunday, Yukon’s Silvermine and Gold Mines closed its doors for good after more than 100 years of operation.
The Silvermine opened in 1921 with 1,200 employees, according to the Yukon Gold Mining Museum.
The gold mine’s annual payroll totaled $4.5 million in 2015, according the museum.
The Gold Mine closed in 2015 after the owners passed away.
“There was a lot of sadness and grief when we closed it, especially because of the loss of our community and our culture, our heritage, our spirit,” said owner Scott Satterfield.
“It’s been a tremendous opportunity for the people of our region and the people in Yukon to be able to bring their stories to the forefront, to share their experiences, and to hopefully get their voices heard.”
The Silver Mines were the largest silver mining operation in the world, with over 4,000 employees.
In 2018, the Yukons Gold Mine earned $18.5 billion in revenue.
“I think what it’s really about is we’re all connected to this thing, we’re the same in every way, we all share a passion for this,” said Yukon gold mining museum curator Karen Oates.
“Our community, our families, our friends are part of this operation, and I think that’s what it was about.”