|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. |
|Fee:||Adults USD 7, Children (-12) USD 4. Groups (25+): Adults USD 5.50, Teachers USD 5, Pupils (-12) USD 4. |
|Classification:||Bituminous Coal Mine|
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:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:59:07 $|
|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.|
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.
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