Quecreek Mine Rescue Site, Somerset

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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The successful rescue of the nine miners drew international attention and emotion. From July 24 to 28, 2002, the catastrophe and ensuing rescue captured the hearts and hopes of millions of people worldwide. The rescue took place on the 212-year-old Dormel Farms, listed on the Pennsylvania Historic Registry. Since the rescue on July 28, tens of thousands of people from around the world have visited the farm, home of William Arnold and his parents, Melvin and Dorcas Arnold, to view the site where the miners were rescued. This tremendous show of public interest and support prompted the Arnold family to explore the vision of developing the site into a permanent monument. To help facilitate this process, the Arnold family has created the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), a charitable organization "to preserve the site and celebrate the inspirational story of the Quecreek mine rescue."

The Quecreek Mine Rescue Site invites you to come visit the rescue site where you can walk right up to the rescue shaft where the miners emerged from the dark, cold mine 240 feet below after 77 hours of frigid darkness. You will be greeted by the seven-foot tall bronze statue of a coal miner at the top of the walkway into the rescue site. Hear the story of the miracle from people personally involved in the rescue. Touch the rescue capsule and try to imagine how it would feel to squeeze into it with your strength nearly gone.
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  • What an interesting stop! My husband works in the mining business and remembered when this rescue occurred, so we decided to visit. We were on a time constraint, but when I called to make a... 
    What an interesting stop! My husband works in the mining business and remembered when this rescue occurred, so we decided to visit. We were on a time constraint, but when I called to make a...  more »
  • We did not know what to expect. My wife thought it was going to be going into a mine and didn't want to go, but I talked her into going and she loved it. She has done more research and we just got... 
    We did not know what to expect. My wife thought it was going to be going into a mine and didn't want to go, but I talked her into going and she loved it. She has done more research and we just got...  more »
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  • Just a great place to learn and see what happened. Gift shop was closed. Nice to walk around and see the actual equipment they used to rescue the miners.
  • It's laid out very nicely .. they have a 45 min DVD they show .. lots of great info.. thanks for sharing this info about the mine rescue

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