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July 12, 2013

Grant Funds Research into History of Homestake's Water Rights

Deadwood History Inc. will research and organize 72 cubic feet of records detailing how Homestake Mining Co. obtained the water rights that made it a dominant force in the Black Hills and South Dakota.


Steven T. Mitchell authored 'Nuggets to Neutrinos' and now will research a trove of records about Homestake's water rights.
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A petition signed by Sol Star and Seth Bullock and letters from Homestake Mining Co. lawyers are among a trove of documents that will be organized and prepared for use in exhibits at Deadwood's Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, according to a report from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Steven T. Mitchell, author of the book Nuggets to Neutrinos: The Homestake Story, will be a consultant on the project. He was employed at Homestake and has worked with the Sanford Lab.

The collection includes 65 boxes of correspondence, logs, maps, legal documents, engineering drawings and other materials showing how Homestake gained control of water rights for the area, thus enabling the company to become the driving economic engine in the region for 126 years.

The report did not specifiy the amount of the grant but described it as "major."


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