Homestake Gold Mine
|Best Time To Go:
||Visitor Center and views of open
cut are open all year.
||Follow US16A north, US16 west,
US385 North, US85 south to Lead
||Visitor Center free
||Just looking into that big hole
they call the open cut
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
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.
160 West Main
Street, Lead, SD, 57754
Wharf open cut mine
near Lead, South Dakota