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Lead in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Open Cut

 
 
The Open Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 10, 2010
1. The Open Cut Marker
Inscription. The Open Cut was once a solid mountain on which Fred and Moses Manuel with Hank Harney located the original Homestake claim on April 9, 1876. It is estimated that up to 14 different mining companies removed 48 million tons of ore and waste from the area of the Open Cut prior to 1945.

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. Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment (here, next to this marker); Homestake Open Cut Mine
The Open Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 10, 2010
2. The Open Cut Marker
The Open Cut marker is in the background, with stone markers listing donors to a cause that was not clear and "The Miner's Legend" marker in the lower left.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestake Gold Mine and Open Cut (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweatman Art Memorial / Finnish Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Homestake Gas-Powered Locomotive (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pneumatic Rock Drill (about 500 feet away); The First National (Norwest) Bank (about 600 feet away); Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lead.
 
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The Open Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 10, 2010
3. The Open Cut Marker
The Open Cut marker is behind the tree on the right, with the Homestake Gold Mine and Open Cut marker in the foreground.
The Open Cut image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 10, 2010
4. The Open Cut
Nearby 1995 Monument: "The Miner's Legend" image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 10, 2010
5. Nearby 1995 Monument: "The Miner's Legend"
Text: No one ever found a mine unless it existed at some other time and was subsequently lost. Ore mineralization is found, orebodies are defined and mines are made.

This monument is dedicated to our employees, who through their efforts have made the Homestake Mine.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 841 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on August 22, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on August 21, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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