Coudersport Ice Mine, Coudersport

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The Coudersport Ice Mine was accidentally discovered in 1894 by Billy O'Neil while he was using a divining rod to try and locate a silver mine which was thought to be somewhere in Ice mountain. When Mr. O'Neil started digging, he found layers of ice, not silver. In time, the digging continued until the shaft was 10' long, 8 wide and some 30'deep. The Ice Mine is located in the side of a hill completely sheltered from the sun and wind. Ice begins to form in April and is usually melted by October. Edwin Swift Balch has described the Ice Mine as a true "glaciere naturelle" or natural refrigerator. He states that even though the Coudersport Ice Mine is small, it is the most impressive one known in the eastern United States.
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  • This is a very small place. We knew that...but for others who seemed disappointed, knowing ahead of time that this is a very small road side attraction, we were not misled. It's a privately owned natu...  more »
  • Such a neat natural wonder to see in person. The gift shop was very charming. It was $5/person for a seemingly small experience but we really didn’t mind the cost. I am glad the recent owners are taking care of it and providing this opportunity for those who wish to see it. The guide gave a brief history of the property and discussed some of their theories before taking us in to see it. Overall, It was a cool stop on a summer day!
  • Stopped here it is a cool little story nice on a hot day people in gift shop were very sweet. Stop if you are up here!

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