2018 Mining History Association Tour

 

Homestake Fanatic Tour
Tour Leader: Bob Otto
June 6, 2018


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The Homestake Fanatic Tour began at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center overlooking the Open Cut of the Homestake Mine. It then visited several Homestake locations in Lead before taking highway ALT 14 through Central City, the site of Terraville, and Blacktail in the valley to the north behind the pit.  The tour ended in Deadwood.  At some of the stops, the remains of the Homestake features have vanished over time.  Bob Otto has provided a tour handout including historic photographs (some shown below), many from his personal collection.  Bob Otto is a former geologist for Homestake.
 
Bob Otto gives an overview of the Homestake Mining Company operations in Lead from the deck of the Homestake Sanford Lab Visitor Center.


The Homestake Open Cut is 1200 feet deep.  Only the upper 1/3 is shown in this photograph.

The reclaimed area to the north behind the pit was the site of Terraville which was visited later in the tour.



The two large buildings at the right side of this view were the Homestake Electrical Department (left) and Steam Plant (right).

The South Mill Plants occupied the hillside below the Yates Shaft headframe.  The Yates Shaft and hoist house was visited on another MHA tour.

The mill buildings were removed as part of the site clean-up after the mine closed.  An interpretive trail through the park passes by many mining and milling artifacts.


The MHAers get a close-up view of Gold Run Park.

Bob relates more of the Homestake history as the bus proceeds to the next stop at the Ross Shaft.

Historic view of the Ross Shaft and the hoist building.

View of the Ross Shaft headframe from the cemetery on the south side of Lead.


(Photos Courtesy of Henry Djerlev, Johnny Johnsson, Mark Langenfield,
and Silvia Pettem. Historic photos from Bob Otto collection.

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