Links to Mining Museums and Miners' Memorials for South Dakota
- The Black Hills Mining Museum
Lead, South Dakota.
- The South Dakota School of Mines
Rapid City, South Dakota has a great museum and
The Homestake Gold Mine
This mine was opened in 1876 by the Hearst Family and has operated since
that time. The mine is 8,000 plus feet deep with an open quarry a mile
long within the city limits. Much of the city is under mined. Among
those items visible on the street are a mine hoist, several
compressed air powered locomotives and a stamp mill for crushing ore.
There is also a surface tour that will take tourists through the surface
operation. You can see some of the largest mine hoists in the United
States, you can see the crushing of ore through the various crushers
and the rod and ball mills grinding the rock to the size of salt
crystals, and see how gold is removed from the ore.
You can tour an under ground gold mine just out side the city of Deadwood, South Dakota and pan for gold just 3 miles down the hill from Lead.