About LeadHigh above the Black Hills, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests, meandering trout streams and mountain meadows, is Lead (LEED). The town was founded during the great gold rush of 1876 and sustained by one of the richest veins ever unearthed. George Hearst, father of noted publisher William Randolph Hearst, amassed his fortune through his initial investment in the Homestake Mining Co. Today Lead is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and vacationers.
Elegant Victorian mansions, quaint miners' homes and old-fashioned storefronts mingle in this mile-high community, built precariously on the steep inclines of the Black Hills. Spring through fall, visitors spend the daylight hours hiking, riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting or sightseeing. In winter 7,000-foot peaks and crisp mountain air greet downhill and cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.
Visitor Centers Lead Area Chamber of Commerce 160 W. Main St. Lead, SD 57754. Phone:(605)584-1100
Things to Do Black Hills Mining Museum
Skiing and Snowboarding Terry Peak Ski Area
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