Well, we have a share in a Gold Mine…
Well, we have… oh nevermind!
The truth is the Mine does not look for Gold anymore. Let me tell you more about Broken Boot Mine in Deadwood, South Dakota!
So back in the late 1800’s during the big Gold Rush, Broken Boot Mine was founded. Owners, Seim and Nelson dug around 15,000 ounces of the precious material from the mine (which really was not much back then).
Now, you can also add that they mined a lot of iron pyrite and other metals which made them more profit than Gold. Iron Pyrite (also known as Fools Gold) made them more profit over the years due to the fact that it was used to make sulfuric acid . Sulfuric Acid was used in processing real gold and therefore in high demand.
All good things come to an end, or so it seemed in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s, some businessmen decided to make an attraction out of the mine. In an agreement with Seim’s daughter, the mine was repaired and restored to become the attraction it is today with over 11,000 visitors a year.
Seims Mine became Broken Boot Mine when workers came upon a vintage miner’s boot in one of the stopes and that’s how the Broken Boot Gold Mine got its name. When Seim’s daughter, Seima Hebert passed away in 1986, she left the mine to the Broken Boot Board of Directors, BUT with the stipulation that it will continue as a visitor’s attraction. Today, Broken Boot Mine has been operating as a tourist attraction longer than it was as a Gold Mine.
Oh… also was the filming site of a real cheeky B movie called… “Beast from the Haunted Cave”!
I really liked this visit to Broken Boot Gold Mine. It was also nice and cool inside…
We still have so much more to share about our train ride, and the many adventures in downtown Deadwood! So stay tuned!