Lead in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
— Lead, South Dakota —
In the Homestake Mine, the 18" gauge railroads were used from the surface down to the 6800 Level (distance below the surface). Beginning on the 6950 Level, larger equipment was utilized in the mine requiring the railroad to be increased to 30" gauge. This difference in railroad gauge required several levels to have both gauge railroads to allow proper and efficient delivery of supplies, explosives, equipment and material. The 4850 Level was the primary equipment transfer level, moving everything from the two surface shafts, the Ross and the Yates, to the underground shafts (properly called winzes), #4 and #6.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 44° 21.106′ N, 103° 46.035′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence 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. Ore Cars (here, next to this marker); Man Car / Ambulance (here, next to this marker); Spargo Hoist & Sinking Bucket (here, next to this marker); Battery Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); Compressed Air Locomotive #9 (a few steps from this marker); Overshot Mucker (a few steps from 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 rail car.
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 133 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.