Old Lackawanna Coal Mine, Pennsylvania: Head 300 Feet Underground

Traveling 300 feet underground into a labyrinth of tunnels and shafts at the old Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania felt a bit like heading backward down a steep, dark and noisy roller coaster.

During the fascinating hour-long walking tour, our guides--former miners and mining experts--described the techniques and equipment of one of the nation's most dangerous jobs. Working solely by the light of headlamps, generations of men spent up to 10 hours a day mining anthracite coal--and fueling the Industrial Revolution.

I recommend you bring a jacket or borrow one from the mine, and anyone who's more than 5 feet, 10 inches tall might want to borrow a hard hat.

Scranton is in northeastern Pennsylvania at the junction of I-81 and U.S. Highway 11. The coal mine is located atop McDade Park on Keyser Avenue. Tours run from 10 a.m. until about 4:40 p.m. from April through November, except Easter and Thanksgiving Day; arrive by 3 p.m. for the last tour.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. To learn more call 1-800-238-7245.

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