Tower-Soudan State Park Travel Guide

  • 1/2 mile down in the mine, it is cool.
    1/2 mile down in the mine, it is cool.
    by charlesracine

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    1/2 mile down in the mine, it is cool.

    by charlesracine Updated Oct 20, 2010

    This is an interesting opportunity to go down into this former US Steel iron ore mine. It has the highest grade iron ore deposit found in North America but was closed due to the expense of removing the ore. It is now owned and run by the state of Minnesota. You take the elevator down 2,700 feet (820 meters) down, a 1/2 mile trip and there is an electric train at the bottom. It is exciting to say the least and a must do at least once in your life. I have been down twice even though I am not a fan of being underground. Completely safe but, not for the faint of heart as you descend the 1/2 mile in an elevator. Originally it was an open pit mine that is seen at the top. They provide a rain jacket for the occasional dripping water. Additionally, dress warm, it is cool down there.

    This old US Steel mine is deeper than the San Jose Mine, Chile where those miners were trapped for more than two months in the late summer into the fall of 2010 and they were all rescued on the 12th & 13th of October 2010.

    Don't worry this tourist site also has (for 20 years as I understand is required in the US) an escape shaft and rescue pod, like the one that was dug to save the miners at the Chilean mine.

    Related to:
    • Trains
    • Historical Travel

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