Coudersport Ice Mine, Coudersport

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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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  • At first it seems a bit touristy and cheesy. But it's pretty neat to see. When we were there, our guide gave a nice explanation about the feature and the history. It's worth a visit. And it's in a bea...  more »
  • We thought it was some natural phenomenon but it is a result of a man made mine shaft (not all that big either) that some how freezes and stays frozen all Summer then thaws. We saw it the last date it...  more »
  • The Ice Mine is very unique and deserves a visit, as it is a very interesting phenomenon to have ice form in the summer and melt in the winter. We were briefed before entering the outdoor viewing area...  more »
  • Totally not worth 5 dollars to stand in this room and look at ice. The story is nice but still not worth five dollars.
  • 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.
  • Not worth 5 bucks.
  • Interesting, quick stop, but overpriced for what you get.

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