"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.
For Teachers: Activity idea is available at PBS Learning Media.
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.