Badger Mine and Museum

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Location: Shullsburg, in Badger Park.
(42°34'13.08"N, 90°14'12.05"W)
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 10-16. [2007]
Fee: Museum and Mine Tour: Adults USD 5, Children (0-9) USD 3, Seniors USD 4.
Museum Tours: Adults USD 3, Children (0-9) USD 1.50, Seniors USD 2.
Classification: MineLead Mine
Light: electric.
Guided tours: L=800m.
Address: Badger Mine and Museum, 279 W Estey St, Shullsburg, WI 53586, Tel: +1-608-965-4424-221, Tel: +1-608-965-4860. E-mail: contact
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1827 mine opened by the Van Matre brothers.



Badger Mine is the remains of an old lead mine, begun by the Van Matre brothers and originally called Badger Lot Diggings. There is a guided underground tour through Badger Mine. It descends 51 steps below ground to the main drift of the mine, extending beneath the city.

Badger Museum concentrates on local mining history, showing mining exhibits and minerals. But there are also exhibits of early farm tools, medical equipment, a drugstore, a tobacco shop, a turn of-the-century kitchen, a blacksmith shop, and a carpenter shop.