No. 9 Coal Mine is the world’s oldest continuously functioning anthracite coalmine in Lansford Pennsylvania. The mine opened in 1855 operating until closing in 1972. It re opened to the public as a heritage attraction in 2002. In addition to the mine a museum has a collection of equipment and artifacts from its history.
The mine tour is among four in the state. Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine is 30 miles west in Ashland PA. No. 9 Coal Mine tour starts by transporting visitors in tight quarters of a yellow metal mine car. It noisily enters 1600 feet into the mountain mine. Visitors are lead through dimly lit tunnels where danger and hard work were faced each day. Experienced tour guides describe underground mine operation inside the mine over the last 200 years of its history.
An underground mule-way shows the path animals moved coal carts on their way to the surface. A 900-foot deep original elevator shaft shows how coal was raised to the surface. The miner’s hospital was cut into stone offering bandages with basic services. An old ‘wash shanty’ has wire baskets hanging from the ceiling contains period clothing. The shanty has a typical miner’s kitchen of the day.
Since mine temperature averages 52-54˚ all year a light jacket should be worn with comfortable walking shoes. Cameras are a welcome addition to record your unique experience.
No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is at 9 Dock Street Lansford PA. It is off route 209 at the base of the Pocono Mountains, halfway between towns of Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe. Free on site parking, picnic pavilion and restrooms. The No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is closed November to May
May 2nd to June 1, 2013 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
June 1st to August 31st – Wednesday through Sunday
September to October 27th – Sunday and Saturday only
Scheduled daily tour hours
First tour at 11:00 AM, then offered each hour, with 3:00 PM last tour.
Haunted Mine Tours / October 2013, October 25th, 26th & 27th, 2013 Evenings only! 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Combination mine tour and museum visit is $8.00 per person. A museum visit alone is $3.00 per person. The Haunted Mine Tour is $10 per person.
Lansford is a borough of 4,230 population 37 miles northwest of Allentown at 1145’ elevation. It was incorporated in 1876 with the first school opening in 1847. Hazleton is a city of 25,340 nineteen miles north of Lansford that was incorporated in 1857.
No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is a 4.5 hour drive of 271 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east to Syracuse then US 81 south past Binghamton into Pennsylvania passing Wilkes-Barre and US 80. Then drive south on route 309 and east on route 209 and continue into Lansford for signs to No. 9 Coal Mine.
If you enjoy the adventure and the intrigue of a mine you should schedule this for your coming summer vacation.