Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Park Hills

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Missouri Mines State Historic Site occupies Federal Mill No. 3 in Park Hills, Missouri, United States, 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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  • Yes there's more! There is a fantastic new gun range which is to your right on the way in. It's called Sgt.Darrell S. Cole Memorial Shooting Range. There's a red metal gate with a sign that has the...  more »
  • We visited today and are so glad we made the short drive down. In previous reviews here, I'd read about Art, the apparent master of all things Missouri Mines related but he wasn't working today...  more »
  • 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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