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Homestake Mine

160 Main Street, Lead, SD
888-701-0164
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Ranked #5 of 15 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The tour is most likely good but unfortunately I was not able to view the mine as the staff decided they were not going to operate the 3pm or any later tours the day I drove 50 miles one way to visit. I had checked the website which clearly stated that tours were running to 8am to 6pm daily for... More

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

"Before its closing in 2002 Homestake Gold Mine was the oldest, largest and deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere, reaching more than 8000 feet below the town of Lead." This quote from the Homestake website is one of the reasons I was interested in taking this tour. It is a surface tour only. You will not go down into one... More

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Minneapolis
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Interesting tour of the outside of the mine including the history of Lead. Lots of information about the underground laboratory which has moved in since the mine closed. The tour isn't overly long (about an hour) but is also inexpensive and our tour guide was very knowledgable.

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A fascinating history and, although the mine tour bus wasn't running on the day that we were there, we received a very interesting talk from one of the guides at the viewing area of the original open cut, just behind the shop. There was also an informative video of the story of the mine. The original depth at its max... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was an above ground tour of what was the Homestake mine - which is now owned by Barrick (sp?) Gold Corporation. Our guide gave us an in depth history of the miners, their home life, their work life, and an on site tour via trolley bus of the mining camp. We also got to go inside the head frame... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stopped here and booked our one hour tour then went to Black Hills mining tour while we waited. Black Hills mining tour was a simulated underground mining tour packed with information from a knowledgable tour guide and very interesting for the kids and adults! Then we went to homestake mine tour for above ground tour of the actual mine... More

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Atchison, Kansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stopped here while in Deadwood. Did not take the tour, just looked from the parking lot. It is huge. They say the hole can be seen from space. Nice give shop and informative video.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

So the best part of the bus tour was the elevator motor building. It may not appeal to everyone, but as an engineer, it was interesting. Equipment built 75 years ago still in operation to get the researchers to the lower levels of the mine. The story of several ethnic communities in Lead was also informative. I was in the... More

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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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Springfield, Missouri
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122 reviews 122 reviews
58 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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