Tour-Ed Mine


Useful Information

Location: Tarentum. Route 28 Allegheny Valley Expressway, Tarentum exit (14). 32 km from Pittsburgh.
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day Mon, Wed-Fri 10-16, Sat, Sun 13-16. SEP to OCT Fri-Sun 13-14. [2005]
Fee: Adults USD 7, Children (-12) USD 4. Groups (25+): Adults USD 5.50, Teachers USD 5, Pupils (-12) USD 4. [2005]
Classification: Bituminous ExplainCoal Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=11km.
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Bibliography: Kevin Patrick (2004): Pennsylvania Caves & other rocky roadside wonders, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pa, USA, 248 pp, illus. p 211-212, 228
Address: Tour-Ed Mine, 748 Bull Creek Rd, Tarentun, PA 15084, Tel: +1-724-224-4720, Fax: +1-724-335-1319. E-mail: contact
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History

1859-1969 active coal mine called Avenue Mine.
1970 opened to the public.
1986 mine used as a set for the movie Act of Vengeance.
2001 mine used as a set for the movie Out of the Black.
2007 mine used as a set for a documentary about the 2002 Quecreek Mine Disaster in Somerset County.

Description

This is a typical pillar and stall mine. A tracked mine bus takes the visitors on an underground tour to a chamber with abandoned pillars which are 12 m wide by 18 m long. Here the visitors alight and visit the mining museum. This is laid out chronologically. The first item being a pick and shovel used before the Civil War. Next comes the 19th century pneumatic drill and the a 1930's conveyor belt, followed by 1940's loader.

The whole outfit is operated as a non-profit making business with the purpose of preserving the Pennsylvania's mining heritage.


Text by Tony Oldham (2005). With kind permission.