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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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An interesting and informative tour of a gold mine and the town it created

This is a roughly one hour tram tour of the town of Lead (pronounced Leed) and the Homestake Gold... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2011
Madison, South Dakota
Very Informative

This mine offers a very informative surface tour via tram through the town of Lead. Although you... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2009
Blue Springs, Missouri
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A brand new building in 2015, amazing views of the Open Cut, surface tours of the old Homestake Mine and the current operations of the Sanford Underground Research Facility! The exhibits are beautiful and scenery is amazing!
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160 Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

I guess this is a review of what I didn't see. I stopped at the visitor center (they certainly need better signage...I drove right past it twice). I viewed the huge open pit there, for free...thank you, Lead! I then went in the visitor center...More

Date of experience: August 2011
5  Thank vinlyn
Reviewed 31 July 2011

This is a roughly one hour tram tour of the town of Lead (pronounced Leed) and the Homestake Gold Mine which was the dominant industry in the town for many years. The tour guides do a good job of explaining how the town was literally...More

Date of experience: July 2011
3  Thank docj9000
Reviewed 22 August 2009

This mine offers a very informative surface tour via tram through the town of Lead. Although you don't get to actually go into the mine, the town history provided during the tour and the visit to the shafts is very interesting and shows gold mining...More

3  Thank wrldpeac
Reviewed 19 August 2009

I work at the Golden Hills Resort in Lead, SD and wanted to be able to answer questions about the Homestake Surface Tour so I went and took it along with a group of 15, or so, tourists. I am really glad that I did....More

13  Thank BlackHillsGuide
Reviewed 13 September 2008

You might be tempted to just drive straight thru the town of Lead (pronounced Leed for you tourists) on your way to other Black Hills sights as we were but we were glad we made this stop. Took the bus tour which was a very...More

5  Thank fuzzi_logic
Reviewed 6 August 2007

Great tour of the remains of the Homestake Mining Company. It starts at their museum and then we loaded onto a bus for a tour of the town and up to the top of tall hill where there are still a few buildings, one of...More

5  Thank sue1426
Reviewed 18 October 2004

Neat place to visit! The open cut mine at Homestake Mine is enormous! We stopped at the FREE viewing area and museum/gift shop. The mine was so deep that we couldn't even see the bottom from the viewing area! They offer a 1 hr bus...More

12  Thank UofMNfan
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21 June 2018|
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Response from DonnaJ1823 | Property representative |
Hello! We do not have gold panning right here at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, but just 2 blocks up the street at the Black Hills Mining Museum, you can. Gold panning is also available at the Broken Boot Gold... More
4 July 2017|
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Response from SLHVC | Property representative |
We do! You can put there name on a monument. We hope to have the next monument done this Spring. Call us at 1-605-584-3110 for details. Thank you!