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Homestake Mine

160 Main Street, Lead, SD
888-701-0164
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Lead
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic gold field which was (and is) one of the richest gold fields in the world.
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Mesa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Tour director did not seem to know her stuff. We knew more than she did at times. It was interesting to go to Yates and see how the elevator system worked,

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Nixa, Missouri
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121 reviews 121 reviews
57 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We visited the Homestake Visitors Center. It was going to be closed the next week for a new building, so not sure what to recommend here. We enjoyed the trolley tour we took, about an hour or so, and a very reasonable cost. The pit is amazingly large, it was hard to fathom the size until we were told a... More

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Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really something to see - very interesting and impressive. Also go to the visitor's center to see the history of the mine and some of its equipment.

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Wayne, Nebraska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a great tour of the largest gold mine in the world. Very informational and amazing how they are using the mine now that it is closed for mining purposes.

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Portland, Oregon
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171 reviews 171 reviews
64 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Man, I've seen gold mines before, but this one is awesome! I didn't have the chance to go on the official tour, but did have enough time to go though the visitor's center. The Visitor's Center is filled with interesting facts on the mine itself. Beginning in 1876 and ending operations in 2002, this mine produced over 1.25 million kilograms... More

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Canton, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The mine closed a decade ago, but the hole and town they left behind is worth a quick visit. The movie and overlook are free.

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tennessee
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339 reviews 339 reviews
239 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I didn't have time to do the tour but I was still glad I made the drive from deadwood up to Lead just to walk out onto the overlook behind the visitors center. It is massive and fascinating to see. This part was free. The tour is extra. It is easy to drive right past it. It is at the... More

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Whitefish, Montana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I visited here while in college 40 yrs ago and didn't remember much of it. It was good to return after retirement. This is the granddaddy of gold mines for North America. You can look into the pit and see where it all came from. There is a short but interesting video available and of course, there is a nice... More

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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Came by on a Wednesday afternoon in late October on a whim. The displays are nothing to brag about-- but then, you can't beat the price (fee). Pros: Nice being able to walk straight out to the overlook-- you can't see the bottom of the 1250-foot pit mine next to the visitor center (whew). The movie's good (but the old... More

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Aberdeen, SD
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The website says that tours are available through September. I was there on September 30th and the tours were no longer available. It would be nice if a specific date was given on the web site or if there were a sign up on the building some place. So all I was able to do was walk around the gift... More

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