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News Release 160

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 8, 2014 Volume 42-14-160 

Missouri Mines State Historic Site to celebrate 150th Anniversary of Southeast Missouri lead mining

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Mines State Historic Site will host an open house on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event will include exhibits, presentations and free museum admission. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The site’s museum contains exhibits on Missouri geology and mineral resources, a fantastic mineral collection and pieces of restored underground mining equipment. Admission to the site and its mining and mineral museum in Park Hills will be free during the open house

Industrialized lead mining began in Missouri’s Old Lead Belt in 1864, as the Civil War was coming to a close. The open house celebrates 150 years of mining in the Southeast Missouri Lead District. Retired Lead Belt miners, millmen and other lead-company workers are the honored guests, and will be on hand to answer questions and describe what it was like to work in the lead mines many years ago. A special collection of old miners’ lamps, some dating back to the late 18th century, will be shown. Local mining artifacts, photographs and paper items recently acquired by the historic site will also be displayed.

Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information on the event, contact the site at 573-431-6226. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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Celebrating 40 years of taking care of Missouri’s natural resources. To learn more visit www.dnr.mo.gov.