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Soudan Underground Mine

1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
+1 218-300-7000
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We greatly enjoyed the mine tour. It was about 1 1/2 hours. Started with a short film, helmets on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dawn A
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Great mine tour and a piece of Minnesota history!

First off, the mine tour is great! I thought it was fascinating to take the tour and hear our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
EmanRST
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Minnesota's first iron ore mine-the Soudan Mine-opened in 1882. Operations went underground by 1892 since the ore body continued deep into the ground. The mine's value was in the special kind of ore it produced. The ore's high oxygen content was used to make high-quality steel in open-hearth furnaces. When technology changed, the ore from the mine was no longer needed. Low-cost ores of the Mesabi Range took over, and Soudan Mine closed in 1962. Today, you can travel 1/2 mile underground and ride a train car back to last area that the miners worked.
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“half mile” (22 reviews)
“elevator ride” (21 reviews)
“mine shaft” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
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+1 218-300-7000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We greatly enjoyed the mine tour. It was about 1 1/2 hours. Started with a short film, helmets on and then you rode down the shaft about a half mile to the mine. Our children ages 9 and 12 enjoyed the information the tour guide...More

1  Thank Dawn A
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Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Dawn, We are glad that your family enjoyed the mine tour. The temperature is 51 degrees underground, so your suggestion of a light jacket or sweatshirt is perfect. While we are not allowed to have people take something from the mine, as it is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, the mine tour is great! I thought it was fascinating to take the tour and hear our guide describe the conditions and people who worked the mines. Mine itself is pretty cool so wear a jacket. I happened to hike the park trails...More

2  Thank EmanRST
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Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello EmanRST, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. We do encourage people to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt. We do sell sweatshirts in the gift shop if someone forgets to bring one. We also recommend shoes or boots (no sandals...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We went with a large group of kids, the tour was fantastic. We learned a ton. The kids asked lots of questions, and shout out to Tour Guide James!... James answered every question in a professional yet very personable way. He said a couple of...More

1  Thank Jake H
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Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Jake, We are glad you were able to join us for the tour. Our guides work hard to learn as much information as possible so they can answer questions of our visitors. We appreciate the comment about the past miners, as that is why...More

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Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

The Soudan Underground Mine is a nice way to spend an afternoon. First, you can go in the building where they operate the elevator and see how it's done. This is not like any elevator you've probably ever been in! Then you go into another...More

3  Thank Nicole D
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Soudan_Mine, Mine Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Hello Nicole, I am glad that you enjoyed your experience. You definitely captured some of the exciting aspects to the tour. I am always in awe when I go underground to think about what it would have been like to be the miners working there....More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

The Soudan Underground State Park was established on the Soudan Mine property after it was closed down by US Steel. The mine was closed in 1965 and was donated to the State of Minnesota. This is Minnesota’s oldest, deepest and richest iron mine. The Park...More

Thank rockyjoe
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Soudan_Mine, Mine Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Hello Rockyjoe, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Given all the variety that one has in the Minnesota State Park system, it is impressive that you rank us as one of the best. That is some stiff competition. I did want to clarify...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

Our daughter is a geologist and wanted us to do a family trip to the Iron Range and for golfing for our 40th wedding anniversary. The main reason for this trip was to see the Soudan Mine. Totally amazing. Was kind of scary thinking about...More

Thank JMD1958
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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2017

Hello JMD1958, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the mine. Sounds like a great 40th wedding anniversary trip. I hope you had an opportunity to see the Banded Iron Formation while you were at the park. It is a favorite...More

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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

I'll admit I was nervous knowing I'd be traveling so far underground. I was relieved that they eased my mind talking about how safe it really is. The elevator ride itself is an amazing experience. It is quite the experience being 1/2 mile below the...More

Thank tothemorning
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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2017

Hello tothemorning, I am pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed their experience. We do believe this tour is a great adventure for all ages. I am glad that you were able to pick up that tidbit about how not all mines were the same. That...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area you need to come to the Soudan mine and experience what it was like literally. The views are spectacular. We were there at the peak of colors and laughed because this was the best view we saw. If you...More

Thank JEBtravel2018
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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2017

Hello Janet, I am always amazed when I go underground and think back to the early years underground. The early miners definitely knew a thing or two about mining and their process sure made this mine a success. We do feel that the mine is...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We went when the UM experimental lab was still functioning and now that it is closed we went again to concentrate more on the mining aspect, staff is very knowledgeable and fun. It is hard to get a perspective of what life must have been...More

Thank Dave I
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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2017

Hello Viking226, Thanks for the suggestion. We are always looking for ideas on how to share the life of the miner, as it was a hard life, but one that they were very proud of. We do attempt through the video, the experience underground, and...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Travel 1/2mile into the earth via an elevator, then ride the tram to explore the mine, and learn about a miner's typical day. The docents are excellent, so your 1&1/2hr tour is over in a snap. What a ride - literally and figuratively!More

Thank Patricia B
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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Hello Patricia, I am glad that you enjoyed your trip. Our guides do work hard to provide a memorable experience for our visitors, so I am happy to see that we succeeded in that. It is amazing how quickly the time goes when you are...More

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Erin W
July 9, 2017|
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Response from Soudan_Mine | Property representative |
Hello Erin, it really depends on your level of discomfort. Are you okay with going in a full elevator? If you are, then this tour should be fine. When people have issues on the tour it is the cage ride that causes them... More
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Laura A
December 19, 2015|
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Response from PoliticalTraveler | Reviewed this property |
It was a special high oxygen content iron ore that was mined here. Once furnace technology changed in the 1950's this eventually made the mine obsolete. You could then do open pit mining for cheaper lower oxygen content... More
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