Bonanza in the Hills

Bonanza in the Hills (HMXI6)

Location: Deadwood, SD 57732 Lawrence County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 22.497', W 103° 43.842'

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The placer gold in the creeks had been eroded from the surrounding hills. By late 1876, miners began shifting their attentions to the source of the gold by tunneling into the hills. Such hard rock mining used explosives instead of pans and sluices.As mining moved from the creek bottoms to tunnels, the economic structure changed. While place miners worked alone or is small groups, hard rock mining demanded a great initial investment and a larger work force. Instead of working on their own, miners became wage laborers.

[Photo captions: left, top right, bottom right]Workers at an entrance to an area mine. Note the candle lantern on the mule's neck. [Photo credit] South Dakota State Historical Society.
The Homestake gold mine in Lead. Tailings (rock refuse) from the mine can be seen on the horizon, up Deadwood Gulch. [Photo credit] Nebraska State Historical Society.
Miners balancing on wood cribbing in a stop, or mine. [Photo credit] Wyoming State Museum.

HM NumberHMXI6
Marker Number4
Placed ByDeadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 7:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 601122 N 4914302
Decimal Degrees44.37495000, -103.73070000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.497', W 103° 43.842'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 29.82" N, 103° 43' 50.52" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Pine St, Deadwood SD 57732, US
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