Lead, South Dakota: Open Pit Mine Hole

The former Homestake open pit mine is just a block north of Main St. Many free viewing spots at the convenient Visitor Center. You can also purchase golf balls and whack them into the pit for the world's easiest hole-in-one.

Homestake Visitor Center

Address:
160 W. Main St., Lead, SD
Directions:
Homestake Visitor Center. East edge of downtown, on the north side of US Hwy 85/W. Main St., at its intersection with Mill St.
Hours:
View 24/7. Visitor's Center daily 9-6. (Call to verify)
Phone:
605-584-3110
Admission:
Free to look. Golf balls $5 for one, $10 for three.
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Open Cut at the Sanford Lab Visitor Center

Viewing deck overlooks the historic Homestake Mine open cut, a very impressive giant hole in the ground, where gold was mined from 1876-2001. You can drive a golf ball into the open cut from the Visitor Center, whose exhibits focus on the Sanford Underground Research Facility, where ongoing physics experiments regarding neutrinos and dark matter occur in the former depths of the mine.

[Lindsay C, 09/06/2016]

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