No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, Lansford

#3 of 17 in Museums in Pocono Mountains Region
Specialty Museum · Museum
Opened in 1855, No. 9 Coal Mine, located in Lansford, Pennsylvania is the

world's oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine! Closed in 1972, the mine was re-opened as a heritage tourism attraction in 2002.

Today visitors ride safely by train 1600 feet into the mountainside, to see and experience first hand what it was like for our fathers and grandfathers to work underground over the past 200 years.

Once inside the mine, experienced tour guides will lead you on a walking tour filled with amazing sights and fascinating stories! See the underground mule-way; miner’s hospital, and the 900 – foot deep original elevator shaft, which once hauled loaded coal cars to the surface! A visit inside No. 9 Mine is an experience that you will never forget!
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  • If you're visiting Jim Thorpe, this is a great little museum to add to your itinerary. There's a little museum you can walk though prior to going into the mine that has a lot of pictures and mine...  more »
  • This underground mine, closed since 1972 after being flooded by Hurricane Agnes, was an eye-opener for our two couples. We had some knowledge of the difficult working conditions for miners...  more »
  • What a fantastic experience! Well worth the time and cost. I’m so glad the history of this area is being preserved and the story of the mines and the people who worked them are being shared. Great for kids and families but some of the tour is over rough ground. People with difficulty walking, claustrophobia, or a fear of the dark may not enjoy this attraction. Give yourself about 30 minutes before the tour time so that you can wander the museum. You’ll also have time to do this after the tour though. Our tour guide was relatively new but was able to answer all of our questions. The script they use is well written and very educational. The entire tour was just under an hour. Dress warmly as it’s about 55 degrees in the mine even during the summer. Closed toed shoes are required and you should expect to get damp, if not wet as there is a lot of water in the mine.
  • Courteous and knowledgeable staff; wonderful mine tour after train ride into the shaft. Museum is full of interesting exhibits and photos. The tour gives you a taste of what poor underground coal miners endured to supply energy for early America while the coal, railroad and steel barons only grew richer. A visit to the Asa Packer Mansion in nearby Jim Thorpe would be a good way to experience the disparity.
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