The Bonne Terre Lead Mine Exploration And Artifact Documentation Project
   
     
 

     We are currently working on a project to attempt to shoot video and chronicle all of the roughly 80 square miles of underground passages or trails of the former St. Joe Lead Mine. The Mine is located in Bonne Terre, Missouri and is the worlds largest underground lead mine. The project started in 1995 with several dives that rarely went under rock and has continued to the deepest darkest areas near the bottom.
     The Mine is located about an hour southwest of St. Louis in the foot hills of the Ozark Mountains. The first shaft was dug with pick and shovel in 1864 and was mined extensively until the bottom fell out of the lead market causing the mine to close in 1962.
     We have collected video documentation of ore carts, the main elevator shaft, calcium waterfalls, slurry pipes, 200 foot high pillars, staircases, grating, scaffolding, rail track from the extensive railway system, buildings, and many abandoned mining artifacts. After over 10 years of  roughly annual expeditions to the mine, the documentation continues as there are still various area’s of the mine we have yet to explore.

     

Bonne Terre 19950812/Bonne Terre Mine 95 29 ore cart from surface
Bonne Terre Mine 95 34 shaft from surface
Bonne Terre Mine 95 46 structure
Bonne Terre Mine 95 49 structure
     
Bonne Terre Mine 99 03 keyhole
Bonne Terre Mine 99 06 newspaper
Bonne Terre Mine 99 07 newspaper
Bonne Terre Mine 99 10 ore cart
Bonne Terre Mine 99 11 ore cart
Bonne Terre Mine 99 12 inside ore cart
Bonne Terre Mine 99 16 steps
Bonne Terre Mine 99 20 structure
Bonne Terre Mine 99 23 structure
Bonne Terre Mine 99 25 broken sluice pipe
Bonne Terre Mine 99 28 tracks
Bonne Terre Mine 99 30 tipover and shovel
Bonne Terre Mine 99 32 mine shaft
Bonne Terre Mine 99 33 ore cart
Bonne Terre Mine 99 35 divers
Bonne Terre Mine 99 37 inside ore cart
Bonne Terre Mine 99 38 shovel and jackhammer
Bonne Terre Mine 99 42 dynamite
Bonne Terre Mine 99 44 chapel room
Bonne Terre Mine 99 47 grate
Bonne Terre Mine 99 48 bubbles
Bonne Terre Mine 99 50 oxydation
Bonne Terre Mine 99 51 city gates
Bonne Terre Mine 99 52 city gates
Bonne Terre Mine 99 Marys Beam
Bonne Terre Mine 99 Shaft
002 Worn out ore cart
005 Spare Rail Track
003 Rail Track
006 Cave Line Over Track
007 Cave Line And Clip
015 Chuck In City
016 Paddock Gate
017 Manger
018 Crate
019 Saw Horses Light Bulbs Etc
020 Lumber
021 Electronics
024 Communications Shelf
027 Water Fountain
035 Tool Crib Shelves
029 Water Fountain
033 Tool Crib
039 Work Bench
051 Carrie In City
042 Work Bench
054 Bear Running Line
043 Work Bench
052 Operators Shack
058 Elevator
031 Tool Crib
064 Elevator Shaft
062 Hoist Signals
065 Elevator Shaft
066 Boat
073 Bottle
077 Loose Carrie
079 Train Tracks
082 Barrel
091 Carlsbad
093 Final Deco
098 Ore Cart
104 Locomotive
105 Locomotive
106 Slurry Pipe and Ties
110 Cheryl
115 Fins
117 Tracks
119 Bear with Ore Cart
123 Carrie and Katie
125 Chuck and Tipple
001 Mule Stable Rail
006 Wooden Ore Dump
002 Mule Stable Rail
003 Hand Rail Post
022. Roll of Wire
007 Wooden Ore Dump
010 Wooden Ore Dump Support
012 Abandoned Rail Track
015 Twisted Rail
020 Chuck at Keyhole
026 New Mine Shaft
021 Chucks Fins in Keyhole
024 Spool of line
028 Tighter Fit
035 Carrie following cave line
030 Broken hay Manger
031 Hay Manger Debris
032 Hay Manger debris
033 Ladder
038 Overhang
041 Scaffold
036 Scaffold Ladder
042 Scaffold
046 Carrie in overhang
049 Hugs All Around
001 Cave line and tracks
004 Broken Ladder
008 Mule Paddock
006 Ladder
009 Mule Paddock and cave line
012 Smelter
010 Mule Paddock
014 Carrie in city
019 Light bulb
017 Jitka in city
021 Bear running line
026 Stairs to Cafeteria
029 Ladders
030 Bucket
103 Carrie and Chuck
111 Breakdown
114 Break down near shaft
119 CRG in shaft
141 Rotator
147 Rotator
142 Rotator
148 Rotator
152 Creosote Lumber
154 Dumper station
156 Dumper Station
161 Carrie, Jitka and Chuck
162 Railroad Timber Pile
163 Breakdown in shaft
164 Brerakdown in shaft
165 Shovel
202 Reel Tie Off
203 Cave line in shaft
204 Broken Ore Cart
207 Burma Shaft Sign
213 Jitka on tracks
215 Rail
217 Double Tracks
220 slurry pipe rail
226 Carrie and Bear
227 Broken Barrel
231 Tool Box
236 Beam at 900 ft turn around
237 9149 marking
239 9149 marking
242 Retreving line
246 Burma Shaft Sign
243 Lighting up reel
252 Ore Cart
301 Scaffold
255 Another Ore Cart
307 Light Bulb
308 Brenda at rocks
305 Scaffold
311 Cheryl
0046AoveWaterTour
0040OreCartAboveWater
0044DiversInTheWater
0035 Miss Donna And Rick
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