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Coudersport Ice Mine, Coudersport
(3.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Not really a mine or cave as you are led to believe. It's literally just a hole in the ground with some ice in it. The "tour guide" gave a monologue about the history of the "mine" before we entered. ...  more »
  • Stopped in here after seeing their sign. I've been coming to Potter County for years and never heard of this place. It was pretty neat. As a side note the owner is pretty political. Didn't bother me a...  more »
  • Okay, how's that work? Natural ice production only in the hot, humid summer months?! Sure, it's a tiny little place, just a shack really, with a railing around the hole in the ground... but there was ...  more »
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  • Interesting, quick stop, but overpriced for what you get.
  • Very cool place...