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“Excellent, informative, fun, and cool (literally)”

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Soudan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Minneapolis, MN
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent, informative, fun, and cool (literally)”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

If you come to northern Minnesota, a visit to at least one iron mine should be manditory. As luck would have it, there are two iron mines in Minnesota's State Park inventory. The Soudan mine is the underground one.

At one time, this area of Minnesota produced more iron than anywhere else in the world; this mine tells that story. You ride a half-mile underground in the same mine cage used by the miners 45 years ago (a word of warning... the faint of heart may be challenged by the elivator ride). Upon reacking the 28th and lowest level of the mine, the guide takes you 3/4 of a mile horizontally, on a mine train, where you reach the actual work site. You'd think it would be claustrophobic down there, but it really quite open and airy. Did I mention it was chilly? 50 degrees F when you aren't moving; 45 degrees F on the train. When we visited, it was 90 degrees on the surface... it sure felt good down below!

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great tour for kids and adults alike”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Very nice UG tour of the time. Good info on the history of the site. The elevator ride down was awesome. The train ride to the last mining site can be a little cool. It is 52 in the mine year round, so add a wind chill and it gets chilly. Dress accordingly.

good info, nice that they turn the lights out. They allowed questions a lot of time.

Good above ground tour as well. nice flow through the old historical buildings.

Amazing little tour in the middle of northern MN. Grandpa and Grandma could not tell if they liked the Wolf Center or the mine better. You can spend hours easily at both. Went with kids 4 6 and 8. They had no problem with temp or time on tour.

Minus a star for the audio part of above ground tour. Tough to get right file with building #. Good picnic area and hiking as well. Good value at $12 for adults.

Visited June 2012
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Elk River, Minnesota
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Super fun!”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Been going here for years... and it's always fun. Wish the tour would get updated and change a bit. However it's amazing start to finish. Definitely a must experience in the area.

Visited July 2011
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What an opportunity to experience what few have done before”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

Until you take this tour, you really don't understand what the miners experienced back in the day. Don't pass up this opportunity.

Visited June 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Viewing the Past and the Future”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

The neutrino detection experiment 26 stories down was fascinating. Sharon, our guide, knew her stuff and answered all our questions. Another tour into the underground mine and the surrounding park shows what mining was like in another era. A highlight of our trip "Up North."

Visited June 2012
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