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Homestake Gold Mine
160 West Main Street,
Lead, SD 57754
Latitude: 44.352172 Longitude: -103.765825
Come visit us! We have many things to offer. The center has an amazing view of the 1876 Historic "Open Cut"- the original claim of the Homestake Gold Mine. The Open Cut was the original site of the Homestake Claim in 1876.
The center also has a short informative film, educational & historic memorabilia, and a fantastic gift shop.
Our surface tour of the Homestake Mining Operation takes you through the underground mine's surface operation and follows the mining process including hoisting, crushing and milling of the underground ore and views Homestake's state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant and open pit mine.
This is a guided tour that takes about 1 hour. You are taken via bus up to the Homestake surface operation. You get off the bus 3-4 times to go inside the different facilities of the operation that are located on the surface.
On completion of your tour you will receive a sample of ore that was drilled from the Homestake Gold Mine.
It's fun for the whole family!
The cost of a surface tour: $5.25 for an Adult, $4.75 for a Senior, $4.25 for Students (6-18), and Free for children ages 0-5. We also have a family rate of $15.00 (includes parents and their immediate children).
The tours run during the months of May, June, July, August, & September from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily. The tours start daily at 8:30am and run every half hour. The last tour of the day leaves the center at 4:30pm. You do not need to book a tour in advance unless you have a large group of people. If you have a large group of people, we recommend that you book your tour a few days in advance and we offer group rates as well.
The view of the open cut is amazing. The largest trucks in the world, used to haul rock from the bottom of the cut, i.e. giant hole, look about the size of an ant. This tour is well worth the time.