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.