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

Overshot Mucker

Trojan Mining Company

— Lead, South Dakota —

 
 
Overshot Mucker Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. Overshot Mucker Marker
Inscription.  The overshot mucker was a rail-mounted, rock excavation machine, operated by compressed air. This mucker was used to scoop up blasted, broken rock and throw it overhead into an ore car positioned behind the mucker. As the mucker advanced the mining crews slid rails into the broken rock until the pile of rock was removed. Then, the rails were properly installed and the mining cycle (drilling, blasting, mucking and bolting) began again.

The pre-existing Portland Mining Company, Clinton Mining Company and American Eagle Mining Company incorporated under the Trojan Mining Company in 1911. This company operated approximately 3-4 miles west of Lead and was the consolidation of many smaller mines. The company purchased the Two Johns Mine and also leased the Republican Mine. After the company purchased the Ofer Mining Company, it gained control of the majority of gold mining operations in the Bald Mountain Mining District.

In 1928 the Trojan Mining Company was bought out by the Bald Mountain Mining Company.
 
Erected by Black Hills Mining Museum.
 
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Location. 44° 21.097′ N, 103° 46.034′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on West Main Street (CanAm Highway) (U.S. 85) east of Stone Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker and subject machine are located in the Black Hills Mining Museum parking lot, on the south side of West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 West Main Street, 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. Spargo Hoist & Sinking Bucket (a few steps from this marker); Ore Cars (a few steps from this marker); Man Car (a few steps from this marker); Man Car / Ambulance (a few steps from this marker); Compressed Air Locomotive #9 (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestake Opera House & Recreation Building (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office (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 directly on the subject machine.
 
Overshot Mucker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
2. Overshot Mucker (tall view)
Overshot Mucker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
3. Overshot Mucker (wide view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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