Missouri Mines State Historic Site – Park Hills, Missouri
This museum and mine show the history of the lead mining industry in Missouri, the number one lead producing region in the United States.
The area near Park Hills was known as the Lead Belt area for the high production of lead from the mines. When St. Joe Minerals Corp. ceased operation in the Old Lead Belt, the milling complex was donated ( In 1975) to the state. The 25-acre site features a museum with restored underground mining equipment and exhibits on geology and a large display of mineral specimens.
Serious small-scale mining for lead began in Southeast Missouri about 1720. A large demand for lead in the late 19th century brought major corporate enterprises to the Old Lead Belt. More than 1,000 miles of abandoned multilevel mine tunnels, with 300 miles of underground mainline railroad tracks are testimony to 108 years of persistent mining operations in this area.
The 19,000 square-foot mine-mill powerhouse has been developed into a large museum that interprets Missouri’s mining history and displays old mining machinery and an outstanding mineral collection. Related books, minerals and mineral jewelry are sold in the museum shop.
Location: Highway 32
Phone to the State Park: 573-431-6226