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“A gem in the woods.”

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Soudan
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A gem in the woods.”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

When going to Ely, the BWCA, etc this is an excellent visit. We have done the mine tour twice now, and I am looking forward to going to the scientific side as soon as I can. Thrilling, informative, just a little scary, and a visit makes for great pictures.

Visited May 2013
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Minneapolis
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

What an amazing experience! Our entire family went down in the 1/2 mile elevator ride to explore history. The trains are still operating down there and brought us to the area of the mine that was the last to close. We learned about the early miners who attached candles to their helmets to see in the dark. We learned what darkness really is...and that more often than not, the early miners worked in this pitch blackness since they only were given 2 candles on payday to last until the next. We learned many of the early miners didn't speak English and that this was the only work they could find when they came to this country. There was a reverence by the guides to these early pioneers. Tthere was a movie before our trip down, and safety was discussed. We were all glad we had brought jackets since it's cool down there. After our tour, we had a picnic and enjoyed the hiking trail around the area. A very special day!

Visited July 2013
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Rapid City, South Dakota
Level 6 Contributor
469 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Great for all ages”
Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

We had a group of 10, ages 6-62 and everyone loved the tour! Great way to spend a rainy day during our fishing trip! We bought our tickets in advance and headed into Tower for lunch; good thing too as it had sold out for the day by the time we got back. Check out Good Ol Days Cafe while you're in the area!

Visited July 2013
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Hackensack MN
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Off-beat, one-of-a-kind!”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Soudan Underground Mine on Minnesota's Iron Range is not for the claustrophobic. You descend into the mine in a wire cage elevator, packed in with about a dozen or more strangers. But once you're down there, you travel in the cars of a mini-ore train. You can get some idea of what it was like decades ago when miners were bringing out the iron ore. Gritty work in a gritty environment took tough men — and some women. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Be sure to wear a jacket or sweatshirt; it's cooool down there.

Visited October 2012
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Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I went here with some family members. We loved it. I booked our time on line to make sure we would get in. We got there earily and were able to move up 1/2 hour because that group wasn't full yet. I fount it to be very interesting and would go again if I am up that way. The tour is about 1 1/2 hours and only costs $12. Not bad at all.

Visited August 2013
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