On Saturday, Oct. 1, The Doe Run Company and the Viburnum community will celebrate the region’s mining history at the Old Miners’ Day festival. The event returns after being canceled the past two years due to the pandemic. This one-day event will be filled with entertainment for all ages, including free tours of Doe Run’s Buick Mine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Mining is such a rich part of Missouri’s history, I know our employees and the community have missed this special weekend,” said Brian Mangogna, general manager, The Doe Run Company Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division. “We are proud to sponsor Old Miners’ Day and highlight the many jobs it takes to run a mine. We hope it inspires young people to become part of our region's legacy by thinking about mining as a future career.”
During Old Miners’ Day, visitors are invited to go roughly 1,250 feet underground to see a working lead mine. The mine is cavernous, with roadways large enough to accommodate haul trucks, loaders, a maintenance shop and rock pillars containing ore. Guests 12 and older can register at the Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Day booth, located in the breezeway, and buses will transport guests to and from the mine site just a few minutes’ drive away.
Above ground, mining equipment and a wall of mining history will be on display, along with a special gift for each visitor who completes the tour. More than 100 Doe Run employees will volunteer their time at the equipment demonstration and the mine tours to make Old Miners’ Day a success.
Old Miners’ Day is a celebration of the Viburnum area as one of the world’s largest lead mining districts. The event attracts people and families from across the region. The variety of entertainment includes a parade, car show, musical performances, children’s games, the Tiny Tots, Miss Viburnum pageants and more. The events will take place next to the Viburnum High School in the Viburnum Center parking lot.
Learn more about Old Miners’ Day, including a full schedule of events, at