On the brink of its 100th anniversary, a community landmark in Lead gets significant renovation grant from a local mining company.
part of a sustainable prosperity fund set up by Wharf Mine company, economic,
social and cultural facilities in the lead area are receiving thousands of
dollars in grants.
The Homestake Opera house recently received a $10,000 grant from the mining company.
That money will allow them to formulate a cost estimate for repairs that need to be made to the aging structure.
Ultimately, directors hope to renovate the
playhouse so it they can host daily performances.
"Especially during the summer months when we have more than a million people coming up to the Lead-Deadwood area that can come up here and see a family oriented entertainment option," said Sarah Carlson, Executive Director of the Homestake Opera House.
And luckily, the fund isn't likely to dry up soon.
"As long as the mine
is here and producing economic return, we'll keep funding the fund, and our goal is by the time we leave we may have $2 million dollars to help the citizens of Lead and Deadwood," said Ron Everett, Administration Manager with the Wharf Mining Company.
Wharf Mining managers say they plan to mine in the area for at least 10 more years.
So far, they say, they've made eleven donations to community organizations, totaling $27,000.