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Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment

 
 
Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 11, 2017
1. Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment Marker
Inscription.

This "ring" is a surviving section of the 100,000-gallon cylindrical tank that Dr. Ray Davis installed at Homestake Mine's 4850 Level in 1965. For three decades, his neutrino experiment at Homestake opened up new windows into the workings of the universe, changing the way we perceived the world around us. In 2002, Davis received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research into neutrinos.

Davis's tank was built and moved in segments down the Yates shaft to the 4850 Level where it was reassembled. The segmented monument reflects one of several unique challenges associated with building something of this size in an underground environment.

The Raymond Davis Jr. Memorial was designed by South Dakota's Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere. The primary element is a tank support that was used in Davis's experiment. The stainless steel ring that floats off the interior of the tank support was added by the artist to allow more public interaction.

Dr. Ray Davis supervises the fabrication of the tank used for his solar neutrino experiment on the 4850 Level.
 
Location. 44° 21.131′ N, 103° 45.798′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on U.S. 85. Touch for map. This marker is located near
Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment Marker and Ring image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 11, 2017
2. Ray Davis and the Homestake Experiment Marker and Ring
The marker is located to the right of the ring on the retaining wall.
the front doors of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Open Cut (here, next to this marker); Homestake Open Cut Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestake Gold Mine and Open Cut (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Deadwood Gold Discovery (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Presidential District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bonanza in the Hills (approx. 2.3 miles away); Serving the Black Hills (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lead.
 
Also see . . .  Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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