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Vandals damage historic Homestake mining buildings
News Staff - December 1, 2017

LEAD, S.D. -  Vandals caused nearly $30,000 worth of damage to two historic buildings in the Black Hills.

Built around 1919, powder houses were used to store explosives for mining by the Homestake Mining Company.

Vandals put holes in the walls in one building and used wood and roofing materials to construct a bar inside the second building.

According to Chip Kimball, Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management, the historic buildings would take tens of thousands of dollars to fully restore.

Brenda Shierts, a Bureau of Land Management Archaeologist, says the mortar used in the construction of the historic sites was fairly soft mortar and that once damaged, tends to keep deteriorating.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the vandals arrest. The individuals involved face fines and possible jail time.



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