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Coudersport Ice Mine, Coudersport

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#207 of 275 in Sightseeing in Pennsylvania
Landmark Tourist Spot
The Coudersport Ice Mine was accidentally discovered in 1894 by Billy O'Neil while he was using a divining rod to try and locate a silver mine which was thought to be somewhere in Ice mountain. When Mr. O'Neil started digging, he found layers of ice, not silver. In time, the digging continued until the shaft was 10' long, 8 wide and some 30'deep. The Ice Mine is located in the side of a hill completely sheltered from the sun and wind. Ice begins to form in April and is usually melted by October. Edwin Swift Balch has described the Ice Mine as a true "glaciere naturelle" or natural refrigerator. He states that even though the Coudersport Ice Mine is small, it is the most impressive one known in the eastern United States.
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  • Cool little roadside America attraction. Not big or glitzy but kind of neat just the same. If you keep your expectations reasonable you'll leave feeling good. Nice deck area for a picnic.  more »
  • The young man who gave the info on the mine was great. He opened the door and there was the mine. Kind of not what we expected but for $5 it was fine- something to do.  more »
  • With all the signs in town exclaiming the re-opening of the "Ice Mine," we expected more than we got. Still, it's a nice experience to feel the cold air of the mine on a hot summer day. I would sugges...  more »
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  • Relatively bad place. They charge $3.00 or so to see a pit with ice in it. I must admit, the idea of ice in August is cool, but charging three bucks per person to see a ice filled pit just feels like a complete rip-off.
  • The hype of it was more exciting than the actual thing definatly not worth 5 dollars.
  • Interesting, quick stop, but overpriced for what you get.
  • Very cool place...

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