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May 24, 2018 - Black Hills, Lead and Deadwood

Today, we started on the northern edge of The Black Hills, Lead and Deadwood. The town of Lead, {leed}, was the home of the infamous Homestake Gold Mine, which is home of the famous Black Hills Gold. It was founded by Fred and Moses Manuel. They named the mine Homestake because they wanted enough money to send a stake to their family at home. The towns name Lead comes from the term of a promising gold vein, called leads. They built a mill and mined $5,000 worth of gold in 1876. In 1877, they sold their land to George Hearst for $70,000. ...

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May 25, 2017 - Homestake Gold Mine

Lead (pronounced "Leed") is the sister-city of Deadwood, and the location of the largest gold mine in North America. Hazel and I spent an afternoon checking things out, and had lunch at the local Subway,one of only two fast-food restaurants in the entire area. They like to keep things original 1870's around here. Before coming to the Black Hills on this trip, I binge-watched the HBO epic "Deadwood", a mixture of interesting fact and fiction about the people and events of the 1870's in this area. The story of the Homestake mine was done with...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Deadwood and Lead SD

I paid a visit to a friend I met a few years ago in Cuenca, Pete Gamino. Since I was in the Lead SD area where he lives, we met at the Deadwood Lodge. We did a little gambling and had a couple of drinks. While in Lead I also visited the Homestake Gold Mine Visitor's Center along the rim of the Open Cut, the 1200-foot deep mine that was the site of the Lead Gold Rush. There I also learned about Lead's Sanford Neutrino Lab located a mile underground where scientists are using a particle detector to study Neutrinos which are fundamental...

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Jun 25, 2013 - Mining Lessons in Lead, SD

Interesting afternoon learning about the Homestake Mine in Lead (pronounced LEED). Before it closed in 2002, this mine was the oldest, largest, and deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere reaching more than 8,000 feet below the town of Lead. In 2007 the mine was converted into an underground laboratory which conducts experiments in the areas of particle physics, astrophysics, biology, geosciences, and engineering. These experiments take place deep below the earth's surface where cosmic rays cannot effect their outcome. Heady stuff!

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Aug 5, 2012 - Safe and Sound in Lead, SD

What a Saturday! The gang was up VERY early. They are in Central Time. Sunny day but the temperatures sure did change. Frank, Franklin and Lisa had their chaps on! They took off from Mitchell, SD for the final leg of the ride. They made a stop a the famous Wall Drug store. You can’t be out in that part of the state without stopping (so I’ve been told). Wall Drug will ever be the same. Franklin visited the “comfort room” but the hazmat team had to be called in and the men’s room closed! See photo. After some sightseeing it was back on the...

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Sturgis 2012

Jul 5, 2009 - Black Hills Highlights

I took a ride on dirt roads past Ranch A and eventually ended up on Spearfish Canyon Road where Roughlock Falls is located. They improved the park's access in 2008, so it looks a bit different from when Mom and I were here 3 years ago. The falls got its name from when wagons had to traverse this rough terrain and ravines. To get down the ravines, they locked the wheels so they skidded down them, providing more control. Oh, Black Hills is called that because the kind of pine tree besides Ponderosa Pine, has dark green needles, making them...

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Aug 30, 2007 - Lead, SD

After breakfast, Rita and I headed out to tour Lead and Deadwood cities, about 50 miles north of Hill City. We toured Lead first. We viewed the Open Cut Mine from the visitor center patio viewing platform. The hole was 1200 feet deep and ½ mile wide. It was very impressive. The color striation, of the mine walls, was spectacular. We drove down Main Street and viewed the turn of the century buildings. Next, we headed for Deadwood. Again, we drove down the Main Street to view their turn of the century buildings and storefronts. We found...

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Greg's 2007 Odyssey

Aug 17, 2007 - Gold to Neutrinos

We spent parts of two days in Lead , a town that doesn't have a straight or level street in it. That's because it's built entirely on hills, the few that weren't wiped out by the town's single industry - the Homestake Gold Mine. The Homestake closed a few years ago, but while it was open it was the longest operating gold mine in the world. At 8,100 feet it was also one of the deepest, and richest . When it closed real estate values in town plummeted. Houses were selling for as little as $200 and some people just walked away and left them...

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2007 Coast 2 Coast