The military bought up all the land around the Sheahans, encircling their silver and lead mining property. Decades ago, the military even launched aerial assaults, strafing the property with 50 caliber rounds – even while people were present. The family stood firm.
“The big, big problem started in 1951 with the first above-ground nuclear test, a test they did not even inform our family of,” Benjamin said, adding that the family incurred significant health and financial consequences as a result.
“Those above ground tests really started the demise of the fortune that our grandfather had built.”
The Sheahans also recounted how the Air Force likely bombed one of their ore mills in 1954, and then refused to reimburse the family thereafter. The family remained.
In the late 70s, the military set up a guard post checkpoint on a road to the Sheahan property and began frisking family members, demanding identification and holding residents at gunpoint.
The Sheahans have until September 11, just passed, to accept the Air Force’s “last best offer” of $5.2 million. The family says it is a low figure. They may face litigation in court over eminent domain.
The Sheahan’s mines have been in their family since the 1800s, starting with applications for mineral rights patents back in May 1876, which the family shows were signed by 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant.
Three of their relatives are buried on the property.
Will they join them? The conspiracy turns darker…