Lead mines in the Ozarks

Lead. It’s one of the first metals humans discovered and learned how to use. 

Some scholars say humanity’s use of lead dates as far back as 6400 BC. 

Because of lead’s durability and resistance to corrosion, the ancient Romans used it to line aqueducts. Its use didn’t stop there. 

Up until the late 1970s in America, it was used in everything from house paint to water pipes. It was even found in our pottery and cosmetics. 

It took people a long time to realize that too much of a good thing, in this case lead, is indeed a bad thing. 

But, before people figured out the damaging effects of too much lead exposure, it reigned supreme. 

The impact of lead mining can be seen to this day in the heart of Missouri’s St. Francois County.

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