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Last Area 51/Groom Lake border family offered over $5 million to vacate their mine – they refuse

Air Force pressure to take over Sheahan family’s Groom Lake Mine The Sheahan family has owned and worked land that borders Area 51’s Groom Lake for over 130 years. During that time, the family has literally lived with America’s closely guarded secrets in their backyard while they operated their family-owned lead, copper, zinc, gold and silver mine - the Groom Lake Mine. Of course, the U.S. government has not been pleased with their presence so near the top-secret facility. Since Area 51 (officially the Nevada Test and Training Range) opened over 60 years ago, the government has pressured the family to leave the land. Now the family is speaking out, insisting the the land surrounding the mine is theirs to keep. Joe Sheahan, Groom Mine co-owner, told