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“Off the beaten path kind of place with amazing history!”

Missouri Mines State Historic Site
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Owner description: The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed into a museum about Missouri's mining history.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

At first glance, this site doesn't look like much, except a ton of large, dilapidated buildings, but these buildings tell a story. The story they tell is one about the largest lead mining district in the world and how it operated during its peak. Take the tour because you will learn a lot about the history of the area, geology, and the process of lead mining. An awesome collection of rock and minerals from around the world is not to be missed!

Thank 485maryjanef
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We visited this museum and historic site on what turned out to be a very cold and blustery day but we did not let that discourage us. Our docent, Art, was truly an expert in the field as mining and geology were parts of his former career. Art took the time to give us not just explanations for the things we saw in the museum (real machinery, rocks, etc.) but how the machinery was built and used in the mines. He shared information from oral histories he has collected over the years from men who spent their lives in the mines. The movie we watched was dated but absolutely appropriate still today. After spending several hours in the museum, we opted to go and walk for several miles on the trailhead that starts in the parking lot for the museum. The walk was interesting and the area was beautiful despite the very cold temps and strong winds. We plan to return to this historic site at some point to walk the entire 12.5 mile trail. It was awesome to see the largest mining processing facility in the world and imagine what a hustling, bustling, amazing place the facility must have been decades ago. Kudos to the state of Missouri for taking over the property and turning it into an educational opportunity rather than allowing the facility to fall into further disrepair.

1  Thank Kanda F
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

My grandfathers mined here, my uncles too. The giant structure has a deserted look standing all alone. In the fall the metal pantina paints a lovely photo for photography. I was fortunate to be the niece of several state park troopers and was able to visit the mines and see the structural workings. Still it is an interesting wonder to behold and well worth the trip to see. If you go across the highway there is a road that runs along a Sports Complex, you may wonderful photography opportunities from this view.

Thank Shanna M
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

The Missouri Mines State historic Site is one of those hidden surprises of Missouri. Driving along, you would not think it was much as it just looks like a group of old, rusted buildings left over from the local mining industry of the area. However, please venture down the entrance road and tour the museum. It is well worth your while. A wonderful explanation of the local mining equipment and a fantastic exhibit of minerals found in the local mines. There is something of interest for all ages.

1  Thank Nancy L
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

A very knowledgeable tour guide through two museum galleries-- one featuring mining equipment and another featuring an outstanding exhibit of geology and mineral resources. The site also included an interesting video of lead mining in this area.

Thank Sisterrhonda
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