Solitario Zinc Corp. begins gold exploration in Northern Hills

McCain McMurray, left, and Todd Christensen, of Solitario Zinc Corp., examine maps of the Black Hills for their gold exploration mission. Solitario Zinc Corp. has begun gold exploration on 580 claims over 11,6000 acres in Lawrence County.

SPEARFISH — A junior mineral exploration company has set up shop in Spearfish while it combs 580 mining claims that comprise about 11,600 of acres in Lawrence County for signs of gold.

Todd Christensen, a geologist with Solitario Zinc Corp., said the company was originally formed in 1993 to conduct mineral exploration in Latin America. In recent years, the company’s emphasis has been on zinc, but when a geologist with roots in southwestern South Dakota gave a presentation at a mineral exploration conference in Toronto, Canada, the company’s attention expanded to gold.


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