2018 Mining History Association Tour

 

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


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A short distance from the Ross Shaft is an outcrop containing the Cambrian/Precambrian Unconformity.  Bob Otto explains its significance to understanding the Black Hills geology.


As the tour prepares to leave Lead, it passes the site of the mansion that served as the residence of the Homestake General Manager.

(Above) A mile north of Lead on highway ALT 14 is the site of the Hidden Fortune Shaft (ca1903).  The 1927 Homestake 50-year Jubilee Celebration was held nearby.



The Father DeSmet Mill and the Golden Gate Mine hoist were located south of Central City.

The MHAers tour the site of Terraville.  The townsite was abandoned when the Open Cut was expanded.

This historic view shows Terraville during its heyday.


Have Mark and Ed discovered gold ore on the mine dumps?

The “Diggers” bus seems like an appropriate mode of transportation for the MHA tour.

(Left) The second 1875 discovery of placer gold took place near Blacktail.  The Homestake No. 2 Cyanide Plant (above) was located in this area.

The last stop on the tour is the site of the Homestake Slime Plant in Deadwood.  The plant processed slimes (ultra-fine ore) from the mills in Lead and Central City.

Through adaptive reuse, the Slime Plant has become the Holiday Inn Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort.


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


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