The vestiges of what was a sizable manganese mining operation. According to a local, the open-ended concrete structure was a mine shaft, and the brick building housed an auger.
Things To Do
1. Watch Mining Booms and Busts.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers) and distribute to class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Land Subsidence: Poor Mining Practices
Images of the Past: Aunt Sally
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called Mining Booms and Busts. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
At one time, the Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota was the deepest and largest in the world.
At the start of the Cold War, Edgemont became useful for another type of industry - uranium mining.
Gold production is on the rise at South Dakota’s only large, active gold mine.
Just when it looked like 40 orphaned natural-gas wells in northwestern South Dakota would finally be plugged, the story took a turn into the realm of cryptocurrency.
A company that wants to use 19 orphaned natural-gas wells has agreed to post a higher bond with the state.
During this hands-on activity your students will use household items to investigate density. They will also learn about the Lead Opera House and Recreation Center opened in 1914.
During this activity your students will learn about compounds and mixtures. They will also learn how cyanide solution was used to chemically remove gold and silver from ore.
The students will learn about a tragic 1930 fire at the Ellison Shaft, Homestake. They will also use household items to investigate reaction rates of a chemical reaction.