September 2003
Volume 55    Issue 9

"Here's to low-grade ore and plenty of it," the Hearsts and the Homestake Mine

Mining Engineering , 2003, Vol. 55, No. 9, pp. 10-14
Smith, Duane A.

They are gone now. Gone like that long ago generation that gave them birth. The Homestake Mine, nestled in the northern Black Hills, closed in 2001 after 125 years, the longest run of any major American gold mine. The Homestake Mining Co., which guided its destiny for those many years, is gone too. It merged with Barrick Gold. The Hearst family, which guided the early destiny of both, has long since gone beyond its mining heritage and into the national and even international spotlight.

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