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“Very good tour, fun and educational, the owners make it extra special” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tour-Ed Coal Mine

Tour-Ed Coal Mine
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Tarentum
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Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
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371 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
“Very good tour, fun and educational, the owners make it extra special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We live within 7 miles of Tour-Ed but have never taken a tour. We were very surprised at the quality and attention to detail for our entire experience. The owners are very nice people and they both present the tour with complimentary information. There is a museum with antiques and mining equipment where the tour starts. You hear stories about how the early mining companies manipulated the miners and their families so that the miners were barely more than indentured servants. There are many artifacts such as would be found in a company store.

The second part of the tour is called "mining school". The other owner who is a retired mining safety inspector takes you into a classroom where you learn about mining hazards, safety and rescue, all with demonstrations of actual equipment. It was much more interesting than I am describing it.

The last part of the tour is in the mine. Everyone wears a mining helmet and climbs into the narrow and low mining personnel carriers. The owner then drives the vehicle about 1/4 mile into the mine where there are several pieces of functional mining equipment showing different methods of coal extraction over the past 200 years. All the equipment is demonstrated in working condition and I found the time passed very quickly, there was so much to see. Finally we rode back to the surface on the same personnel carriers with a new appreciation for those who work in deep mines.

Prices were reasonable, we paid about $8 per person. There is a discount for children. The children in our party under the age of 8 were not as interested in some of the parts of the tour, finding it boring, but the 10yo and up were as fascinated as the adults.

The mine is only open in the summer months except by special arrangement. Film crews have used the mine for "My Bloody Valentine" and the Que Creek documentary. Scout groups and field trips also are welcome at any time with prior arrangement.

The mine is not accessible for those guests in a wheelchair. This is due to the nature of the attraction.

Visited September 2012
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Minneapolis
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39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We learned about this tour from Trip Advisor and I am glad we stopped. Very interesting....learned a lot. The tour guides are great and it is very reasonable.

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Cedar Park, Tx
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178 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Excellent Attraction - Nice People”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

We visited the Tour Ed Mine in June 2012. We enjoyed every bit of this attraction. The tour starts in the replica company store with a discussion of miners' lives back in the 19th century. From there, after an initial discussion about the mine, we went into the mine via an authentic mine car. The in-mine part of the tour involves going to different sections of the mine, which contain working antique mine equipment from different eras. The tour guide was a certified mine safety engineer with several years experience. We enjoyed the entire tour. The best part of the tour was the people who run the tour. They were both excellent. We will come back again if we are ever in the area again.

Visited June 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

I would recommend this to all visitors of Tarentum.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Real education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

The Tour-Ed is just that....a tour of an actual coal mine and an education about a life that many of us never think about. They do a little talk about the life of a coalminer, the dangers, and innovations; then they load you into a railcar and take you into the mine. Having come from generations of coalminers on both sides of the family (up to my grandfathers) - it was a real eyeopener as to the environment (and dangers) they lived with in order to put food on the table. Considering that much of our electricity still is generated by coal-fired plants, this is a little reality-check for what goes on behind the scenes everytime we hit a light switch!

Visited August 2011
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