Lead has been big business in the eastern Ozarks since about 1720. Come explore its history – and see the processing plant of the former St. Joe Lead Company – in the heart of the Old Lead Belt at Missouri Mines State Historic Site. The mine’s former powerhouse has been turned into a museum that interprets the area’s lead mining history, displays actual machinery from the mines and houses one of the Midwest’s finest mineral collections.
The site consists of the milling complex used by St. Joe Minerals Corporation in the days when Missouri’s Lead Belt produced nearly 80 percent of the nation’s mined lead.
The museum features restored underground-mining equipment; exhibits on mining history; an impressive mineral display; and an audiovisual program on the lead mining and milling process. The museum can be examined at your own pace (exhibits are labeled); you may choose to have a docent provide more detailed and personalized interpretation. The site holds special events designed to enhance the site’s mining history and mineral resources interpretive themes.
75 Route 32
Park Hills, MO 63601
Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. (April-Nov,); Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m. (Dec.-March)
Admission: $4; ages 6-12, $3; younger than 6, free. Closed New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.