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.Plan your Coudersport Ice Mine visit and explore what else you can see and do in Potter County using our Potter County itinerary builder.
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I remember the Ice Mine as a child (many years ago). It was closed for many, many years and was reopened sometime in the last few years. We stopped to see it while passing by this year. It is an inter... more »
When about 20 years ago. It's not a mine but a hole in the ground with some visible ice. Don't waste your money! more »
It was a little jaunt from OHIO, It was an unreal experience for a small child. I've made it into my 90's and I have never forgotten seing ice in the middle of the summer.. more »
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.
Daniel Bittinger JR
Very cool place...
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