Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, Scranton

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The Lackawanna Coal Mine is a museum and retired coal mine located in McDade Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Visitors board a mine car and descend the #190 slope into the Clark Vein of coal. At the foot of the shaft the visitors begin an hour-long guided tour through the main gangway of the mine and stop at various points to discuss different aspects of the anthracite mining industry. Visitors then leave the Clark Vein via a rock tunnel and stop in the Dunmore #1 Vein. Once in the Dunmore #1, transportation and mining in a fault room are discussed. As the tour continues down the rock tunnel the group stops at the peg shanty to meet the fire boss and discuss his role in mining operations. The tour then continues on to the Dunmore #2 Vein and discusses working in small veins of coal, air doors and their role in ventilation, door boys or nippers, second means of exit from the mine and company store. The tour concludes where the miners ended their final days within the mine in November 1966.
The tour is open seven days a week from April 1 to November 30 and is closed only on Thanksgiving Day. Temperatures within the mine are around a constant of 50-.
Adjacent to the mine tour is the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum with exhibits on Northeastern Pennsylvania's mining and industrial history. The address of the mine is at Bald Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 18504
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  • Excellent in every way! It is fascinating to experience an actual coal mine; the decent in the tram, the darkness, the small spaces, learning about the danger that surrounded the workers. The our...  more »
  • I've done the tour 2 times and both times I couldn't have been more satisfied with the experience. Being that they basically have a perfect rating, there's not much that I can add, that hasn't...  more »
  • Great experience. The tour wasn't operating while we were there, but I was anticipating the 100 ft free fall adventure! Totally kidding, but if your an office fan, this is a must stop location. Don't expect anything more than a random mine shaft, and you'll do just fine.
  • Lots of history here. This was a very awesome tour. My family and I stopped at the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour on our way back from Hershey Park. They have plenty of free parking. In our case we had a large RV, and had no problem at all parking it. We started at the top building where there's a museum. Walking down from there is another building where you purchase your tour tickets. You can also watch a video as you wait for the cable car to arrive. They provide hair nets and hardhats in that same building. Our group had about 25 people when we were brought down into the mine. I'm not going to spoil the tour for you all, so I'll stop here. All I have to say is that it will be something I'll never forget. Adults from 60+ to my son whose 8 years old loved the tour. A++++++ for the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour. A definite stop if you can. I'd do it again for sure.

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