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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.
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Missouri's Mining History Bonanza Nestled deep within the eastern Ozarks is an area known as the Old Lead Belt; it is a major part of the great Southeast Missouri lead district, the premier lead mining
Missouri's mining industry has been an important part of the economic and social fabric of the state for 275 years. No other economic activity, except farming, has been a part of Missouri's scene from its earliest beginnings.
Missouri began mining coal in the 1840s and was the first commercial coal mining state west of the Mississippi River. Most of the early mines were underground and have since been abandoned. Surface mining didn't start in Missouri until the 1930s.
Missouri has 5,985 identified deposits listed in The Diggings. The most commonly listed primary commodities in Missouri deposits are lead , zinc , and iron .
The department's Missouri Geological Survey is the official Missouri Mine Map Repository, established by the State Legislature in 1993 for the purposes of public safety and protection of property. The Repository houses more than 2,000 maps of underground mines of various mineral commodities.
History of Lead Mining in Missouri It is no coincidence that Missouri's official State Mineral is Galena , the major source of lead ore. For most of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Missouri was the global leader in lead production, and even today some of the largest and most important remaining lead deposits in the world are located in southeast Missouri.