Lackawanna, Coal Mine, Tour, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Lackawanna, Coal Mine

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour Offers Travelers A Rare Glimpse

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour offers travelers a rare glimpse:

8/1/2021 7:04:00 PM

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour offers travelers a rare glimpse:

The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in Scranton , PA brings visitors 300 feet deep for a unique experience.

The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, Scranton, PACourtesy of Michael AlpinerGuests gather outside the once abandoned and now restored hard coal mine and await the guide who prepares the group for the 3-4 minute ride on an enclosed railcar at a significant incline to reach the depths of the mine. There, the temperature is a constant 53 degrees, and the air thick, yet helped out by vents. It’s a pitch black world lit by bulbs for the tourist, carbide for the original occupants, anthracite coal mine workers from when the mine opened in 1860. 

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The rail car ready to make its descent.Courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsOnce visitors exit the railcar, they are led on a half-mile walking tour through the mine and back in time to the impossibly onerous world of the coal miners. The expert tour guides detail the history of the mine as well as its connection to the bigger picture of American industry. Mines like these produce the natural resource that fueled the Industrial Revolution, arguably, the most important era in human history.

Visitors learn about the process of extracting the coal and bringing it to the surface. This, in itself sounds like a cut and dry operation, but that is anything but the truth. The process was extremely dangerous with high mortality rates. The twelve hour work day included breathing in coal dust which caused other long term dangers. There was a chance of structural collapse, fires, flooding and asphyxiation. headtopics.com

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