Community Profile


First settled in 1876, and incorporated in 1877, the City of Lead is a sparkling jewel nestled in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Long the home of the great Homestake Mining Company, Lead boasts small town charm with large potential.

The City of Lead was once the home for thousands of Homestake employees and their families and the town that they built has remained unchanged in many ways. The Sanford Underground Research Facility has taken ownership of the old Homestake Mine and is developing experiments that will add tremendous knowledge to our understanding of our universe.

The Lead-Deadwood Middle School and High School are located in the community of Lead.  The school system boasts a strong foundation in the STEM criteria, a very lively performing arts curriculum and has a goal of educating the entire student.

Lead has a population of 3,100; many who are active in local events, volunteer for causes and are just rather friendly: come and meet us!