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Homestake Gold Mine

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Distance 52 miles
Time Needed: N/A
Best Time To Go: Visitor Center and views of open cut are open all year.
Directions: Follow US16A north, US16 west, US385 North, US85 south to Lead
Cost: Visitor Center free
Highlights: Just looking into that big hole they call the open cut
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     The Homestake Gold Mine officially closed in December 2001 after more than 125 years of operation. However the visitor center remains open.
     In the years before its closing the Homestake Mine was the largest gold mine in the western hemisphere, producing about 350,000 ounces of gold a year. It was also the deepest, with shafts sinking more than 8,000 feet into the earth. Above-ground tours are no longer offered, however visitors to Lead (pronounced like leed) can visit the Lead mining museum which is open all year. (This museum is not affiliated with Homestake.)
      Part of the old underground mine has been converted into an underground research laboratory.
      The visitor center is located at the edge of the open cut and visitors are allowed to walk up to the fence and look in. As holes in the ground go, it's a pretty big one, but there's an even bigger open cut you can view just a few miles away at the Wharf Mine at Terry Peak. 

      Homestake Visitor Center
      160 West Main Street, Lead, SD, 57754
      605 584-3110
  
Wharf open cut near
                        Lead, SD
Wharf open cut mine
near Lead, South Dakota


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