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Silicosis Lung Disease in Black Hills Miners

The 1876 Deadwood Gold Rush led to an influx of mines and miners. Poor safety and health practices led to countless diseases, accidents, and deaths. One of the most common ailments that plagued miners was known as Silicosis, a lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust contains small pieces of crystalline silica .

Postcard showing two men operating a pneumatic drill at the Homestake Mine in Lead, S.D., 1912.
Postcard showing two men operating a pneumatic drill at the Homestake Mine in Lead, S.D., 1912.

Available Resource(s):

The Broken Boot Gold Mine is located in Deadwood, SD and offers a 30 minute guided tour and gold panning instruction. Tours are only offered in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day).

Image Citation:

“Penny Postcards from South Dakota.” Penny Postcards from South Dakota, USGenWeb Archives, usgwarchives.net/sd/lawrence/postcards/drill.jpg.