Doe Run Offers Underground Mine Tours During Old Miners' Day, Hosts Historic Mining Competition

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The public will have the opportunity to tour one of Doe Run's underground lead mines on Saturday, October 1, during Old Miners' Day in Viburnum, Mo.

In Viburnum, Mo., one of the world’s most active mining regions, the public will have a unique opportunity to observe The Doe Run Company’s underground lead mining operations during the upcoming Old Miners’ Day celebration. The three-day celebration honors generations of miners who have paved the way for Missouri’s mining history and will take place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Guests may tour Buick Mine and Mill for free on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who would like to take the tour must be 16 or older and register at Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Day booth. Buses will transport guests to and from the tour site.

Doe Run’s lead mines stretch for miles underground and some are as deep as 1,250 feet underground. Four of the company’s six mines – Buick, Brushy Creek, Casteel and Fletcher – are interconnected by more than 20 miles of roadway and hundreds of side roads. Typically a pleasant 65 degrees, the mines are rocky and damp, and feature glittering rock faces and dramatic rock pillars.

“Lead mining has been vital in growing our region, supporting our local economy and bringing jobs and revenues to Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds, St. Francois and Washington counties,” said Steve Batts, general manager of Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “We live in one of the world’s most active lead mining districts, and we are thrilled to offer our community a glimpse into our business as they explore an underground mine.”

Employees and retirees from Doe Run’s SEMO operations will join the local community to celebrate the region’s rich mining history. Both Batts and Bob Roscoe (former general manager of Doe Run’s SEMO division) will speak during the 25th annual Old Miners’ Day opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Doe Run is also sponsoring a mining equipment display above ground.

In addition, Doe Run will be hosting an “Old Time Miners” competition on Oct. 2, including hand mucking, gold panning, swede sawing and jackleg drilling. Competition sign-ups are open now and will continue until Oct. 2 at noon. To sign up prior to Oct. 2, contact Alicia Ritter at alritter(at)doerun(dot)com or (573) 626-2108. On Oct. 2, sign-ups will be located behind the Dollar General Store in Viburnum (near the competition site), from 10 a.m. to noon. The entry fee for each event is $10 per person. Prizes include cash and trophies, and all participants will receive a free T-shirt. Each participant will be required to sign a release prior to participating in the competition. For questions about the contest, or to sponsor an event, please contact Brian Matt at (573) 578-1212 or bmatt(at)doerun(dot)com.

Julie Pratt, of Viburnum, executive secretary in Doe Run’s department of exploration and development, is chairing this year’s Old Miners’ Day festivities. In addition, Doe Run employees Greg Sutton, general mine manager, and Brian Matt, world class lean facilitator, are coordinating the Old Time Miners’ competition. Many other Doe Run employees will volunteer their time throughout the weekend by conducting mine tours, facilitating “Old Time Miners’” competition events and staffing the company’s Old Miners’ Day booth.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit


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