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Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car

 
 
Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car Marker
Inscription.  The one-ton ore cars were prevalent throughout the mining industry in the early Twentieth Century. These ore cars were small enough to be used in the smallest tunnels to haul rock from the production face to a dump point. Some dump points were over the hill, outside of the tunnel entrance (called an adit). These dumps pockmark the western mining districts of the United States. Other dump points were underground, where the rock could then be hoisted to the surface.

These ore cars could be moved along the track by hand, animal, or powered equipment. By hand, a miner would simply push the car to the dump point, move the handle and push the body of the ore car, opening the door at the opposite end and dumping the ore. By animal, usually a horse or mule, several cars could be transported to the dump point and the miner would then dump each individually, using a track siding to switch ore cars. Powered equipment replaced the hand and animal haulage and also was used to dump the ore car.

These small ore cars were used in the early history of the Homestake Mine, but were replaced by larger ore cars as the mine developed. But, the
Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
2. Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car Marker (tall view)
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ore cars had a second life as equipment and supply haulers for many more decades.
 
Erected by Black Hills Mining Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features.
 
Location. 44° 21.131′ N, 103° 45.951′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on West Main Street (CanAm Highway) (U.S. 85) east of Siever Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located within Lead City Park, overlooking the historic ore car on exhibit there. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lead SD 57754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homestake Air Locomotive Number 35 (here, next to this marker); Commonwealth Mine Stamp Mill (here, next to this marker); 1912 Lead City Hall / Homestake General Offices (a few steps from this marker); The First National (Norwest) Bank (a few steps from this marker); Homestake Slag Buggy (a few steps from this marker); Homestake Hospital Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Halloran Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Pneumatic Rock Drill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lead.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Homestake Ore Car Marker (<i>wide; this marker on right, related marker on left, ore car behind</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
3. Homestake Ore Car Marker (wide; this marker on right, related marker on left, ore car behind)
Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
4. Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022