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“You cannot be serious”

No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lansford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We Are Pet-Friendly And Fun For All Ages, So Let Us Turn Back The Hands Of Time And Take you To Where Coalmineing History Beings
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Number 1 attraction in the Poconos? Waste of time. If you have nothing else to do and it is pouring out go waste an hour. The guide we had was clueless.

6  Thank zupo
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Israel G, Manager at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2017

I Am So Sorry That Your Experience Was Not A Great One, Please Allow Me To Make It Up To You And Your Family. Visit Us And Give Me A Chance To Give You A Better Experience Free Of Charge
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"tour guide"
in 32 reviews
"bring a jacket"
in 11 reviews
"great tour"
in 16 reviews
"walking tour"
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"light jacket"
in 6 reviews
"back in the day"
in 7 reviews
"jim thorpe"
in 18 reviews
"unique experience"
in 6 reviews
"great grandfather"
in 5 reviews
"entire tour"
in 4 reviews
"a bit off the beaten path"
in 3 reviews
"train ride"
in 11 reviews
"highly recommend this tour"
in 3 reviews
"rainy day"
in 5 reviews
"year olds"
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"worth the trip"
in 5 reviews
"small train"
in 5 reviews

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This was a nice tour about a coal mine. Very interesting, my kids age 11, 8 and 6 also had a good time.
My recommendation is not to forget your sweatshirt, and close shoes. it is really chilly!

Thank Maria L
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

As seen on tripadvisor, this is a destination not to be missed. Every vacation that we have taken we have has always included some educational trip. Over the years, I don't know how we never visited a coal mine. This was not a reproduction but a real coal mine. Know first off that the GPS location is not perfect on many devices, including ours. Since we were not familiar with the area, we made the phone call and realized we were a few hundred feet away. The staff was very friendly and shared their knowledge readily with all. Our tour provider, Larry, truly loved to share what he knew with everyone on the tour. He took the time to answer each person's questions no matter their age or question. He did not rush along us just to get his group in and out. He had a challenge on his hand keeping both families and middle school students engaged. His subtle sense of humor was enjoyed by all. Thank you Larry for explaining a much unappreciated energy job. This is part of Americana that will be lost if not for the efforts of those associated with this non-profit organization. Keep sharing!!!

Thank m l
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We drove 2 hours each direction from southeastern PA to see this mine. We took our four kids on a Sunday late morning. It was WORTH THE TIME AND THE DRIVE.

The mine is AUTHENTIC. This is not a tourist trap. Rather, it is a piece of American and PA history that should be seen. Prices were reasonably cheap for the length and depth of the tour.

BRING CASH. I don't think credit cards are accepted. WEAR A SWEATER / SWEATSHIRT, etc. DO NOT WEAR WHITE. WEAR CLOSED TOE WALKING SHOES. This is a REAL COAL MINE. It is damp, dirty and the real thing.

Our tour began in a small rail car made specifically for mining. We rode in a very small, caged in car about 1600 feet into a mine in the side of a mountain. The entry into the mine was narrow, the rail car was noisy and I felt like I was getting a real experience.

Once inside the mine, the 1 hour + tour is on foot. The mine is fairly wide in most places and has a fairly even gravel floor with sufficient electrical lighting for safety. The walk in total was about 2 football fields in distance without any noticeable inclines. My four children, ages 4 years - 13 years were able to walk the entire tour without whining or tiring. I will admit, my older children (ages 7-13 LOVED the tour, while my four year old got little out of it, but she was entertained enough to behave). If your child is not accustomed to walking or being somewhat independent with simply hand-holding, he is not ready for this tour. There are narrow passages where carrying a child is nearly impossible.

On our tour, we saw 'man holes,' a coal car, coal veins, coal elevators, a cave-in site, a mine hospital and mule tow-path. I learned so many interesting and amazing things about the coal industry and it's role in both American and PA history. Our nation would not be where it is today without coal. Our tour guide was VERY enthusiastic and knowledgeable about mining, coal, history and the region. (ZACK) This was not a 'canned' speech tour guide. This guy was educated and passed on an education. He was also quite entertaining. He had us chuckling quite a bit on our tour.

If you have time, arrive early and ask to see the informational DVD in the museum. It can be boring in spots, and it is a bit lengthy, but there was some worthwhile pre-information that helped us appreciate our tour even more.

There are flush restroom facilities on site with running water and electricity. They are very clean but not fancy. There is a tiny little 'gift shop' if you can call it that. Mostly t-shirts, hats and token candy for sale to help support this mine.

There are picnic tables on site and there are a few outside artifacts in addition to a neat little museum. TWO STATE PARKS are NEARBY for picnicking as well. (Tuscarora and Locust Lake).


1  Thank snjmom
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This mine is a must see! It is a hidden gem ! This place is great for all ages young and old. We had a blast

Thank Mark W
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