The Open Cut - Lead

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"The Open Cut" at the old Homestake Mine site in Lead, South Dakota
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"The Open Cut" is an easily viewable example of a surface mine in the Black Hills. It was the original site of the Homestake gold mine, which during its lifespan operated as the most productive gold mine in North America.

Watch a Homestake Mining Company video clip about the history of The Open Cut.

 

 

Homestake Mine 1888.jpgThe Open Cut at Homestake Mine in Lead in 1888.Courtesy: Library of Congress

image of the open cut at homestake mine circa 1900The Open Cut ca. 1900Courtesy: University of Chicag

image of the open cut at homestake mine, late 1800'sThe Open Cut in the late 1800'sCourtesy: U.S. Geological Surv

For Teachers: Activity idea is available at SDPB's Digital Learning Library.  

Learn more about the history of mining in South Dakota in this "Dakota Pathways" video.

See more photos of The Open Cut and the Homestake Gold Mine at the City of Lead Website.

Find out more about Homestake history at this Homestake Visitor's Center page.

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