Knife River Coal Mine & Bucket Site

Useful Information

Location: Beulah. Scenic overlook located 5 km south of Beulah.
Open: All year Mon-Fri after appointment, 24-hour notice required. [2005]
Classification: MineLignite Mine
Light: n/a.
Guided tours:  
Address: Knife River, Beulah, Tel: +1-701-873-4333.
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1917 first ton of coal produced by Beulah Coal Company in underground mining.
1945 MDU Resources Group, Inc. acquired Knife River.
1950 underground mining discontinued, lignite production increased dramatically by larger surface mining equipment.
1950s mine at Gascoyne, North Dakota, puchsed and a third operation near Sidney, Montana, opened.
1970s Beulah and Gascoyne mines expanded.
2001 Knife River sold its coal mining operations.


Knife River Coal Mine was one of the largest underground mines in North Dakota. Between 1917 and 1950 over 10 million tons of coal were mined.