Thursday, August 1, 2019

Federal Document of the Month - Homestake Mine

Homestake Gold Mine Lead, SD

Homestake was discovered in 1876 by brothers Fred and Moses Manue. In 1877 three men purchased the Homestake for $70,000.
‘Lead has been called the richest 100 square miles on Earth. Miners pulled more than 41 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver from Homestake, the largest mine in the western hemisphere. In December 2001, Homestake mined its final ore and left behind more than 370 miles of tunnels from the surface to the 8,000-foot level.’
-- Excerpt from Sanford Lab Homestake History
Homestake Mine. Circa unknown.
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Homestake's Open Cut. "Approximately 0.5 mile across and 800 to 1,200 feet deep."
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Federal publications from the SD State Library collection:

The Homestake Gold Mine, An Early Proterozoic lron-Formation-Hosted Gold Deposit, Lawrence County, South Dakota

Geology of the region around Lead, South Dakota, and its bearing on the Homestake ore body

Gold Distribution in Diamond-Drill Core from the Homestake Mine, Lead, S.Dak.
I 28.23:6897 OCLC#9339055

A few of many Homestake Mine books available from the SD State Library book collection.

The Story of Homestake: a South Dakota enterprise F659.L4 H65
History of Homestake Gold Mine:1876 to present HD 9536.U54 H57 1994
Homestake (DVD): the legend and legacy HD 9536.U54 H652 2003

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.