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

Bonanza in the Hills

 
 
Bonanza in the Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2009
1. Bonanza in the Hills Marker
Inscription. The placer gold in the creeks had been eroded from the surrounding hills. By late 1876, miners began shifting their attentions to the source of the gold by tunneling into the hills. Such hard rock mining used explosives instead of pans and sluices. As mining moved from the creek bottoms to tunnels, the economic structure changed. While place miners worked alone or is small groups, hard rock mining demanded a great initial investment and a larger work force. Instead of working on their own, miners became wage laborers.

[Photo captions: left, top right, bottom right] Workers at an entrance to an area mine. Note the candle lantern on the mule’s neck. [Photo credit] South Dakota State Historical Society.
The Homestake gold mine in Lead. Tailings (rock refuse) from the mine can be seen on the horizon, up Deadwood Gulch. [Photo credit] Nebraska State Historical Society.
Miners balancing on wood cribbing in a stop, or mine. [Photo credit] Wyoming State Museum.
 
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 44° 22.497′ N, 103° 43.842′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street and Water Street on

Whitewood Creek, the Slime Plant in the background image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2009
2. Whitewood Creek, the Slime Plant in the background
Pine Street. Touch for map. This marker is adjacent to the "Riches from Mud" marker. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Riches from Mud (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold in the Gulch (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Serving the Black Hills (about 300 feet away); Civic Stability (about 300 feet away); Waite Block Annex (about 400 feet away); Ride High, T.C., Ride High (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
Also see . . .  Deadwood Historical Photos 1800s. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords. mining
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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