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Three Kids Mine

This former open-pit manganese mine is now a massive graffiti canvas.  


The Three Kids Mine, also known as the Wheel of Misfortune is a unique roadside attraction. The mine was purchased by Henderson, Nevada in July of 2014 and is around 20 miles southeast of downtown Las Vegas

This former manganese mine operated from 1917 to 1961 and is now a popular graffiti location. Visitors to the site can stand on the edge and look inside the massive wheel-like structures.  

The site became known as the Wheel Of Misfortune in 2012 after an artist known as Aware painted a “Wheel of Fortune” type wheel on an old “thickener” pit. The pits were used to leach pulp in the production of manganese. Since, the mine has become a favorite haunt for graffiti artists. 

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