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Address: 4000 Hwy 32, Park Hills, MO 63601
Phone Number: 573-431-6226
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The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed...

The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed into a museum about Missouri's mining history.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed It!

Well worth the drive to this site. The place looks a little creepy when pulling into the parking lot, but the museum is very nice. The gentleman working there is so incredibly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kadee70
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Missouri
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Missouri
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive to this site. The place looks a little creepy when pulling into the parking lot, but the museum is very nice. The gentleman working there is so incredibly knowledgeable and is very eager to share that knowledge. He has done his research and talked with many of the miners who worked there. I don't think there... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I'll be honest, I didn't have high expectations for this stop. We were completing a checklist of Missouri state historic sites and this was one of them. The buildings themselves are a bit foreboding when you drive up...rusted, abandoned, empty parking lot. I figured this would be an in-and-out visit, especially since we were there with our two kids (aged... More 

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Missouri
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

We really enjoyed looking at all the different types of rocks & minerals. The 2 gentlemen working at the park were very knowledgable about the mining industry. We watched a video from the '50's explaining the the mining process and that was very informative---a learning experience.

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Thank Erika K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Went with the family during the annual rock swap. The swap is a superb time to go, but only once a year so I won't detail it too much, however if you can swing it, and you like rocks- like my daughter and I- you will be amazed. Vendors upon vendors with reasonable prices and huge diversity you would be... More 

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Thank univexrob
Bloomsdale, Missouri
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Missouri Mines historical site was a treasure trove of mining history from Missouri's lead belt. The rock museum alone kept us busy for an hour. They also had old mining equipment on display and a video about the St. Joe mining company. The two men working there had a wealth of information to share with us.

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Thank Daniel S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

What a place to meet the history! And what a people who run the place: full of knowledge! This is how the historic places should be kept alive. Five star attraction for those interested in history.

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Thank HappyClamChick
Kansas City, Missouri
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Learned a lot about lead mining. Really interesting. You can only see the mine buildings from behind a rope, and you can't go down into the 300 miles of tunnels underneath your feet, but the little museum is very good and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Thank Nina B
St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

This historic site is an excellent way to learn all about the lead mining industry in Missouri. The museum is packed with interesting items and well-versed guides who can explain what you are looking at. If you are a photography buff, the old patina on the buildings makes for some great photo ops.

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Thank Kim W
St. Louis, MO
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

I love it that the "tour guides" are retired mine workers who can tell you anything and everything you ever wanted to know, and then some. Not some minimum wage high school or college kid memorizing a script. The museum is excellent, the abandoned buildings are majestic. There is great beauty in decay and rust. There is so much history.... More 

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Thank Dave A
Helotes, Texas
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211 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

So glad the state preserved the site so you see how large this mining area was. The collection of mining equipment and minerals is well documented and displayed too. Spend a few bucks and purchase some of the mineral art to support the landmark. There's a 12 minute informative movie too. Doesn't take long to experience the museum and for... More 

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