No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is a museum and coal mine in Lansford, Pennsylvania that has the distinction of being the world’s oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine. Here, visitors can tour the mine by riding a train and seeing what it was like to be a miner during the 200 years it was in operation. Read on below for more information about No. 9 Coal Mine and what makes it such a special attraction to visit during your Poconos vacation!
No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum first began as an anthracite coal mine opened in 1855, established to harvest 90,000 tons of anthracite coal each year, the most popular type of fuel for heating homes and businesses in the Northeast at the time. From that year until 1972, No. 9 Mine operated continuously.
30 years after the mine closed, it was reopened in 2002 as a way to promote tourism and give visitors an educational look at the mining industry that dominated the region for two centuries. The mine is now preserved, and guided tours that take you and your guests 1,600 feet into the mountain are available. See the original 900 foot elevator shaft, the mule-way, and the miner’s hospital, all of which give great insight into the daily lives of the miners who worked here.
The accompanying Mine Museum showcases artifacts from the mine and its miners, from tools and fuel cans to blasting equipment and a wash shanty for clothes. Historical photos, models, and paintings are also displayed.
Admission prices range from $3.00 – $10.00 depending on age, whether you are traveling with a group of 20 or more people, and whether you choose to visit the museum only or the mine and the museum. Tours are given each hour between 11:00am and 3:00pm.
No. 9 Coal Mine is located at 9 Dock St., Lansford, PA 18232. You can find out more information about the mine and museum by calling (570) 645-7074, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by speaking with one of our reservation specialists at Pocono Mountain Rentals.
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