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The Lead Belt is a lead mining district in the southeastern part of Missouri. The primary mineral mined here is galena. Counties in the Lead Belt include Saint Francois, Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds, and Washington. European lead mining started in 1720, by Philip Francois Renault of France, who lead a large exploratory mission in 1719 and started mining operations in Old Mines and Mine La Motte. The town of Sainte Genevieve was founded as a river port for transportation of lead out of the area. Moses Austin started large-scale mining, at Potosi, and smelting, at Herculaneum; this lead was originally used as a roofing material. Bonne Terre has large subterranean mines, now used commercially for recreational scuba diving. General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish white Atomic mass 207. ... State nickname: The Show Me State Other U.S. States Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Official languages English Area 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² (21st)  - Land 68,898 mi²; 178... Galena is a lead ore. ... St. ... Crawford County is a county located in the state of Missouri, and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1990. ... Dent County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Iron County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Reynolds County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... // Events January 6 - The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings February 11 - Sweden and Prussia sign the (2nd Treaty of Stockholm) declaring peace. ... // Events January 23 - The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire April 25 - Daniel Defoe publishes Robinson Crusoe June 10 - Battle of Glen Shiel Prussia conducts Europes first systematic census Ongoing events Great Northern War (1700-1721) Births November 30 - Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of... Ste. ... Moses Austin, (October 4, 1761–June 10, 1821), father of the founder of Austin, Texas, Stephen F. Austin, was born in Durham, Connecticut on October 4, 1761. ... Potosi is a city located in Washington County, Missouri. ... Herculaneum is a city located in Jefferson County, Missouri. ... Bonne Terre is a city located in St. ...


The area of mining has changed over the years. The Old Lead Belt is centered around Park Hills, while the New Lead Belt is near Viburnum. The Irish Wilderness in Ripley and Oregon Counties has significant lead ore; however, this is a protected wilderness area. Park Hills is a city located in St. ... Viburnum is a city located in Iron County, Missouri. ... Ripley County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Oregon County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ...


The Lead Belt is one of the world's largest lead producing areas, producing roughly 92% of the U.S. primary supply. In the year 2000, Missouri produced 313,105 tons, with an estimated value of $128,838,880. About 84% of the lead is used for lead-acid batteries, and the major lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri also recycles lead-acid batteries. Another major consumer of Missouri lead is Winchester Ammunition, located in East Alton, Illinois. This article is about the year 2000. ... Most lead-acid storage batteries have six cells. ... Herculaneum is a city located in Jefferson County, Missouri. ... East Alton is a village located in Madison County, Illinois. ...


External links

  • Missouri Mines State Historic Site
  • Map of the Mineral resources of Missouri PDF
  • Missouri lead mining brochure PDF

 
 

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