PARK HILLS, Mo. (October 8, 2015) – Join The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a fun and educational evening at the annual Fall Rocks celebration. This free event offers more than a dozen kid-friendly programs to teach future generations about the natural resources that have shaped Missouri’s landscape and economy. Fall Rocks will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site.
“This event features many interactive activities, including hard hat decorating, cookie mining, toothpaste making, minerals trivia and more,” said Rhonda Reed, administrative assistant for the Metals Division at Doe Run. “Last year, more than 50 Doe Run employees and their families led activities to show children how we use minerals and natural resources in our everyday lives.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore exhibits at the Powerhouse Museum, which showcases restored mining equipment, samples of Missouri’s geology and mineral resources, and view a short film illustrating the historical lead mining and milling process. Guests can enjoy free hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and soft drinks, and enter to win a raffle for two adult and two youth bikes.
Doe Run’s lead mining operations in southeast Missouri represent the second-largest lead mining district in the world. Lead mining has occurred in the region for more than 300 years, driving the growth of nearby towns.
“Today, mining continues to be a vital Missouri industry, directly and indirectly supporting more than 33,380 jobs throughout the state,” said Steve Batts, vice president – Southeast Missouri Operations. “The annual Fall Rocks event introduces children to mining at a young age, with the hope that it may spark an interest in science or natural resources.”
Fall Rocks is held annually at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site within St. Joe Park, a once-active mining site operated by Doe Run’s predecessor, St. Joseph Lead Company. Located in an area known as the Old Lead Belt, it is a major part of the southeast Missouri lead district, the premier lead mining district of the world. The land was donated to the state of Missouri in 1976, and now is one of the most popular parks in the state for swimming, biking, camping and riding ATVs.
The Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills, Missouri, on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information, contact Art Hebrank at the Powerhouse Museum at (573) 431-6226 or Rhonda Reed at (573) 626-3315.