2018 Mining History Association Tour

 

Lead, South Dakota-
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center,
Homestake Open Cut and Yates Shaft, and
Black Hills Mining Museum
June 7, 2018


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The tour of Lead started at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, on the rim of the Homestake Mine Open Cut.  Exhibits inside the Center include a huge model of the underground mine.


The Open Cut is 1250 feet deep. The complex geology of the gold deposit is exposed in the pit walls.

Panorama of the Homestake Open Cut.



An abandoned mine shaft can be seen on the western slope of the Open Cut.



Looking closely at the pit wall, you can see several of the early underground mine tunnels.

Next, we are headed for the Yates Shaft on the hilltop above Lead and the Open Cut. 

Today’s reclaimed grassy slope below the headframe once held these Homestake ore processing facilities (ca1980s). 

All Aboard!  The MHAers are taking the trolley for the trip up to the Yates hoist house.


There is plenty to see along the way. Lead was originally a company town for the miners and their families.



(Photos Courtesy of Henry Djerlev, Johnny Johnson, Mike Kaas, Mark Langenfeld, Silvia Pettem, and Bob Spude.

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