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Lead, South Dakota: Mining Museum, Simulated Gold Mine

Museum chronicles the town's mining history. Take a guided tour of a fake gold mine built in the 1980s and populated with dummies.

Black Hills Mining Museum

323 W. Main St., Lead, SD
Black Hills Mining Museum. East side of downtown, on the south side of US Hwy 85/W. Main St.
May-Sep. M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-4. Off-season by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5 + $10 for mine tour, $10 for gold panning.
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Black Hills Mining Museum: Replica Mine

This is a wonderful way to learn and experience the mining industry in Lead, from the first mine until the mines closed. Includes replicas of gear, and guides whose families worked the mines. Great!

[Aleta K. Proffitt, 10/31/2019]

Black Hills Mining Museum.

Black Hills Mining Museum

The museum has a decent collection of artifacts from the place and the era. I took a tour of the simulated gold mine. It was very interesting and had lots of information. Homestake mine was funded by one of the elder Gettys and produced a huge amount of gold and a lot of money for the investors.

[Barbara, 10/09/2017]

According to the museum, its simulated gold mine was built by "more than 140 Homestake miners and former mine employees some 30 years ago to tell the story of the Western Hemisphere's deepest gold mine."

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