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The Homestake mine was at one time one of the largest producer of gold ore. It was once the largest gold mine in the Western Hemisphere. It operated from about 1876 until December 2001. The surface mining was stopped in 1998 and underground mining was shut down in 2001 because the cost of extracing the gold was becoming too expensive. The visitors center is still open and you can see the open cut mine from there.
Talks are under way to try to convert the underground part in to a possible deep underground physics laboratory.
Written Oct 23, 2003
Its a quaint little place in the corner and the surroundings are mountains. Friendly bartenders and waitstaff. Great place to stop after a motorcyle ride. They have Sturgis memorbilia all over the place and a very nice bathroom!
Favorite Dish: The burgers and beer are very good!!
Written Sep 19, 2007
Favorite thing: The road from Sturgis to Deadwood and Lead goes through the Black Hills National Forest. It is miles and miles of evergreen trees, with a few othe trees throw in here and there for color. This was taken where the road was cut out of the side of the mountain.
Written Oct 29, 2003