Visitors experience the lives of proud people who endured harsh working conditions, yet carved out communities filled with tradition. People are welcomed into the families’ homes and neighborhoods, with a moment of reflection in the kitchen, a visit to the pub, or a seat in a local church.
Then descend slowly into the earth in a mine car, as we enter old Slope #190. Watch the sky slowly disappear. Soon you’ll reach “the foot”. Explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine, originally opened in 1860. Accompany a miner in the winding underground gangways and rock tunnels, past three different veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used, and the heroic efforts involved, in deep mining’s history.
NEPA Social Event members will meet at the ticket booth. The temperature in the mine is 53 degrees year round so a light jacket is recommended. The walking portion of the tour is about a half mile, so comfortable shoes are needed.