Lead in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Open Cut
In 1981 Homestake Mining Company began a test drilling program to determine how much ore was left in the Open Cut. A "Test Pit" was mined in 1983 and 1984 near the former townsite of Terraville in the North end of the Cut.
As a result of this successful test, full-scale open pit operations began in 1985. Mining of the historic Open Cut is expected to continue to the year 2000. By then the Open Cut will be approximately 1800 feet wide, 4500 feet long and 960 feet deep.
Location. 44° 21.134′ N, 103° 45.8′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 85) and Bleeker Street, on the left on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Main Street, Lead SD 57754, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Homestake Open Cut Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestake Gold Mine and Open Cut Second Deadwood Gold Discovery (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Presidential District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bonanza in the Hills (approx. 2.3 miles away); Serving the Black Hills (approx. 2.3 miles away); Riches from Mud (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lead.
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