Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Park Hills

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Missouri Mines State Historic Site occupies Federal Mill No. 3 in Park Hills, Missouri, which processed the lead and zinc ore that was mined in the immediate area for many decades. The site's old power building features a geological and mining history museum and interpretive center focusing on the state's historic Old Lead Belt.
The plant was built by the Federal Lead Co. in 1906-1907 and subsequently bought by competitor St. Joseph Lead Company in 1923. The mill was retired in 1972 as much of the ore in the area had been mined and major operations were moving west. In 1975, the land was donated to the state of Missouri for recreational use. Much of the land was considered too damaged for return to a natural state and so became set aside for off-roading vehicles as St. Joe State Park, while the mill site was designated an interpretive center.
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  • Found this place by accident. It was inexpensive ($4 each) but a great way to spend a few hours. Got to see some history of the area. The ranger was very knowledgeable and helpful. I recommend the sho...  more »
  • This place is a hidden GEM. We had been past the location for years before we realized there was actually a museum there. It's not very big, but it's very cool to see the building up close and to lear...  more »
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  • My family and I stopped by this historic area on the way back from Johnson Shut Ins. It was a great stop. We had a great time hearing the history of the area from Art. He is very passionate about geology and lead mining in Missouri. Definitely worth the stop on the way back into St Louis
  • Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Great video shown. Got a tour of the outside but really wish we could have walked further in and around the buildings

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