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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 25, 2022 – The lead and zinc mines in the southwestern Missouri’s Jasper, Newton and Lawrence counties played a significant role in our nation’s industrial development. Join Brad Belk, director emeritus of the Joplin Historical and Mineral Museums, Inc., as he presents fascinating information about the tri-state mining district, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The program will be held at the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, 100 Jefferson St. in Jefferson City. Parking is available in the lot next to the Lohman Building. For more information, call 573-751-2854. The program will also be livestreamed on Missouri State Museum’s Facebook page at

Mining brought prosperity, national prominence and a great sense of local pride to the area. The discovery of rich lead and zinc ore deposits in the area not only shaped the social and economic character of the region, but also proved to be a tremendous national asset.

Missouri-mined zinc and lead eventually provided the needed materials to power NASA space capsules to the moon.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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