Lead’s newest tourist attraction and historical center, an 8,000 square foot building located near the Open Cut, includes exhibit space for historic and informative displays, a gift shop, a simulated cage ride, a large observation deck overlooking the Open Cut, a classroom, and office space for the Lead Chamber of Commerce. Lead-Deadwood school officials hope to use the classroom space in the visitor center to create a new educational outreach program.
Governor Dennis Daugaard gave the keynote address at the dedication, discussing the scientific breakthroughs made at the Homestake Gold Mine in the past, and its incredible potential for the future. South Dakota Science and Technology Authority Executive Director Mike Headley also took the time to recognize South Dakotan philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, and Governor Daugaard for their contributions to the Sanford Lab project.