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Address: 4000 Hwy 32, Park Hills, MO 63601
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The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed...

The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed into a museum about Missouri's mining history.

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Staff has an amazing amount of knowledge on the past.

Art was the best guide and made the tour very interesting. We had his undivided attention. He allowed our grandson to get on the heavy machinery and told of how each piece was... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Park Hills, Missouri
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Park Hills, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Art was the best guide and made the tour very interesting. We had his undivided attention. He allowed our grandson to get on the heavy machinery and told of how each piece was used back in the day. The film is very interesting which is shown as you sit in the former shower/locker room.

1 Thank lobo61
Milton, Delaware
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241 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The Old Missouri Lead Belt has produced more lead than any lode in the world, starting back in the earliest colonial days. This park and museum is sited in the abandoned St. Joe mine and ore crusher facility which closed in 1972. The underground network of mine shafts and tunnels extends for hundreds of miles in eastern Missouri. Here, the... More 

1 Thank Original_Shrut
New Douglas, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The gentleman here knows his stuff and he would love to tell you about it. I hope you have time to chat with him. The museum is spacious and easy to navigate. And if you have time you can watch the movie from the 1950's. Why still from the 1950's? Because back in the '50's nothing needed to be politically... More 

1 Thank Melissa T
Florissant, Missouri, USA
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Lead has been mined in the area since the 1700s. The Missouri Lead Belt was the richest lead-producing area in the world up until all the mines were closed down in the 1970s when the issues surrounding lead poisoning were discovered. This historic site includes the rusting remains of the buildings where ore from the Doe Run mine was processed.... More 

1 Thank dorsalmo
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Well worth the drive to this site. The place looks a little creepy when pulling into the parking lot, but the museum is very nice. The gentleman working there is so incredibly knowledgeable and is very eager to share that knowledge. He has done his research and talked with many of the miners who worked there. I don't think there... More 

1 Thank Kadee70
St. Louis, MO
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I'll be honest, I didn't have high expectations for this stop. We were completing a checklist of Missouri state historic sites and this was one of them. The buildings themselves are a bit foreboding when you drive up...rusted, abandoned, empty parking lot. I figured this would be an in-and-out visit, especially since we were there with our two kids (aged... More 

1 Thank HikingMomma826
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

We really enjoyed looking at all the different types of rocks & minerals. The 2 gentlemen working at the park were very knowledgable about the mining industry. We watched a video from the '50's explaining the the mining process and that was very informative---a learning experience.

1 Thank Erika K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Went with the family during the annual rock swap. The swap is a superb time to go, but only once a year so I won't detail it too much, however if you can swing it, and you like rocks- like my daughter and I- you will be amazed. Vendors upon vendors with reasonable prices and huge diversity you would be... More 

1 Thank univexrob
Bloomsdale, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

The Missouri Mines historical site was a treasure trove of mining history from Missouri's lead belt. The rock museum alone kept us busy for an hour. They also had old mining equipment on display and a video about the St. Joe mining company. The two men working there had a wealth of information to share with us.

1 Thank Daniel S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

What a place to meet the history! And what a people who run the place: full of knowledge! This is how the historic places should be kept alive. Five star attraction for those interested in history.

1 Thank HappyClamChick

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