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According to legend, one night in the fall of 1903, blacksmith Fred LaRose threw a hammer at the gleaming eyes of a fox, which turned out instead to be the glimmer of one of the world's richest silver veins. In 10 years the mines yielded some $300 million in silver, and Cobalt's population shot up to 30,000. The Great Depression ended the boom, however, and the mines did not reopen until the 1950s. Miners then began digging for cobalt, the town's namesake, in addition to silver. Originally discarded as waste, cobalt was found to be important for use in medical and military products.

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