4 Nevada Mine Tours That Are Definitely Worth The Drive

Nevada Mine tours are very popular, and a lot of fun. It’s a cool experience – especially in the summer. Though they may not be for everyone.

Tourists Trapped In Coal Mine Briefly But Everyone Had Fun

In Pennsylvania, some tourists got the full experience when they decided to do a mine tour. Probably not the experience they were expecting. But all is well.

54 people got trapped in a coal mine in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. It took a few hours, but everyone was brought out of the mine safely.

There was some sort of mechanical problem, and they all had to come up through an emergency capsule. The Lackawanna Pennsylvania Coal Mine Foreman, Edmund Neidlinger, said, “I’m here eight years and never had to use it.” About 15 years ago they broke an axle on the mine car, and that was the last time they used it.

Neidlinger, controlled the mechanism that lifted the emergency capsule up and down. It only fits about three or four people at a time, so it took about two hours to get everyone out. But they all got out, and everyone is just fine.

Stuck In a Coal Mine, But The Kids Wanted To Do It Again

It was just a fluke, and there was no danger, The kids on the tour had fun. In fact, so much fun, that they wanted to go back down and do it again! They also got coal from the coal guy down in the mine, so – win, win.

Mine operators say they will figure out what caused the problem, and the mine car will be repaired.

Nevada Mine Tours Are Really Interesting And Rich With History

I’ve done several Nevada mine tour, and they are so interesting. If you’re heading to, or live in Nevada, they are a great day trip, or weekend getaway.

If you want to experience a mine tour – without the excitement of getting stuck – there are several to experience in Nevada. And they really represent the history of our great Silver State. Here are some Nevada Mine Tours that are well worth a visit.

  • Eldorado Canyon,The Techatticup Mine - Nelson, Nevada

    They say Eldorado Canyon is probably the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine in Southern Nevada. It ran from 1861 until 1942. Steamboats on the Colorado River were the main way to get there for 40 years. There are mine tours, it is great for photo shoots, and has also been used in movies. It’s also a great place to have a wedding! It’s a quick day trip from Las Vegas. Two miles past the little town of Nelson, Nevada, on highway 165.

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  • Chollar Mine - Virginia City, Nevada

    First staked out in 1859, Virginia City’s Chollar Mine was one of the leading producers of gold and silver. It hauled out about $17 million in gold and silver. Virginia City is a really cool place to visit to begin with. A lot of rich Nevada old west history. Many haunted attractions, many just plain fun attractions. And the Chollar Mine historic mine tour is a a really interesting tour.

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  • Ponderosa Saloon And Mine Tour - Virginia City, Nevada

    What better way to do a tour, than doing a saloon first – then going into a mine. Ponderosa Mine tour is only about a half hour long. It features a hundreds of  pieces of equipment on display. Ponderosa Mine has been stabilized and retrofitted to feel like a museum. A unique, and fun tour. Read about its history here.

     

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  • Tonopah Mining Park - Tonopah, Nevada

    This is more of a mining park. It has restored mining equipment, historic exhibits, a self-guided tour, and a guided ATV tour. There is small movie theater, and mineral displays that are lit with black lights to enhance the sparkle. There is an underground mine tunnel you can walk down. The Burro Tunnel is definitely not for everyone, but it’s quite intriguing! And there is a steel viewing cage that looks down a 500′ foot deep stope. Yes, a stope, not slope.

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