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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: Historic Sites, Mines, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic gold field which was (and is) one of the richest gold fields in the world.
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Type: Historic Sites, Mines, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Historic gold field which was (and is) one of the richest gold fields in the world.

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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Excellent, friendly staff at visitor center. Their trolley tour was over for the season, but the video gave an outstanding historical perspective of the area and mining industry.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was an interesting tour learning about the gold mining region. Amazing learning about the size of the mines and their current use. This was a surface tour only, there was no access to any of the mines, but also got a small tour of the town. Guides were very knowledgeable, but I have to admit that viewing the "open... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
59 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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