Aerial view of the Massive Open Cut at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead, SD



160 West Main St. Lead, SD 57754
Homestake was once the largest mine in the western hemisphere. Today it serve as a research facility. The visitor center offers free exhibits. Here you will learn about Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the city of Lead, and the history of Homestake. These exhibits include historic photographs, videos, science & mining artifacts. There is also a 3-D model of the underground—from the surface down to the 8,000-foot level! Take in the stunning view of the Hills and the 1,250 foot deep open cut. Those that are interested may take a tour of the facility for a small fee. Tours run from May to September. – 605-584-3110


First settled in 1876, and incorporated in 1877, the City of Lead is a sparkling jewel nestled in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Founded at the site of gold discoveries which eventually became the Homestake mine. The original claims were bought out by George Hears. He developed them into the Homestake, the single greatest producing gold mine in America. The Homestake Mine closed in 2001 as the mine reached its production limit. However this was not the end of Homestake. In 2006, the mine was transformed into the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Here scientists probe the depths of space to learn more about our place in the universe.


Today, the caverns of the mine house world-leading research that seeks to understand the riches of the universe. But the lab isn’t the only thing that brings people to Lead. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area to take in its natural beauty. For example hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing are popular in the summer months. Similarly, downhill & cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and snowmobiling are the outdoor activities of choice. Not matter the time of year, you will find awesome things to do in Lead.


4th of July Gold Camp Jubilee – July 3 – 4
Join us for the largest fireworks show in the Black Hills over the impressive Open Cut. In addition to fireworks, enjoy vendors, live entertainment, parade, and family-friendly activities! And of course the small town charm of historic Main Street!

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