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, 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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  • Mark gave us a good overview and explanation of the two-sides of the museum: machinery on one side and primarily an introductory film and minerals on the other. We watched the short 12-minute... 
    Mark gave us a good overview and explanation of the two-sides of the museum: machinery on one side and primarily an introductory film and minerals on the other. We watched the short 12-minute...  more »
  • First time to visit this mine and museum. It was very interesting and informative. We were greeted by a super friendly man who was knowledgeable and willing to share. The equipment was great to see.....  more
    First time to visit this mine and museum. It was very interesting and informative. We were greeted by a super friendly man who was knowledgeable and willing to share. The equipment was great to see.....  more »
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  • Very educational, even with being in the mining industry. Highly recommended for a group or family trip. Found it on my way to Arnold, Missouri. Stopped by on the way back to where I'm staying. I will be making another trip soon to visit again. To me it's worth the 1.5 hour trip. The guy at the museum answered questions from myself and others visiting. Really friendly and knowledgeable guy. Weather conditions will be a factor in visiting the old mine site. Again highly recommended. Plan for stay 3 hours possibly longer, to be able to take in the site and visit the museum.
  • Awesome place ... Lots of history ... And trail to st. Joe state park and usually not many people around ... Good place to walk your dog

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