Lead, South Dakota: Open Pit Mine Hole

The former Homestake open pit mine is just a block north of Main St. Free viewing spot outside the convenient Visitor Center.

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) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
605-584-3110
Admission:
Free to look. Golf balls $5 for one, $10 for three.
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Open Pit Mine Hole

Very interesting place, but visitors are no longer allowed to hit golf balls into the pit due to an insurance liability (effective 7/24/2021).

[Lisa S., 08/02/2021]

Open mine cut.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mining Museum, Simulated Gold MineMining Museum, Simulated Gold Mine, Lead, SD - < 1 mi.
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Teddy Roosevelt Friendship TowerTeddy Roosevelt Friendship Tower, Deadwood, SD - 3 mi.
In the region:
Buffalo Statues, Custer, SD - 41 mi.

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