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In 1880, zinc was discovered in the mountains along Rush Creek, where it feeds into the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas. Over the next 35 years, a boom town called Rush, grew out of the zinc mines in the hillsides, and as many as 5,000 people lived in the area. After WWI, the demand for zinc diminished greatly, and the mining industry in Rush died. These deteriorating buildings, stone foundations, and stone walls are all that remain of the vibrant mining community.