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coudersport ice mineThe Queerest Mine in the World
You have heard of coal mines, and gold mines, and silver mines, and copper mines, but did you ever hear of a mine of ice, a really, truly, mine where you can go down, and, in the very hottest day in summer, break off icicles and even get ice enough to make ice cream?
Just such a queer mine has been found among the beautiful Pennsylvania hills, and the funny part of it is that no one seems to know how the ice is made or why it is made. What would you think of being able to dig down into the ground and find it so cool down there just a few feet from the surface that you couldn’t stay there even though it were the hottest day in August?

That is the way it is in this queer ice mine. Very learned men have come from many places to see this wonder that dear old Mother Nature has made. The mine is not very deep only twenty feet but it is very very cold, and the queer thing about it is that the hotter the day, the colder the mine, while in winter there is no ice mine at all, for then it is warm instead of cold!
This queer mine is near the little town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania. The road to it winds through a beautiful forest. All around grow splendid trees and under these near the mine arc seats and little tables. Should you ever go there, you may perhaps eat ice cream mads from the ice which comes from this mine which a very much surprised coal miner found some ten years ago instead of the coal he was looking for. Did you ever hear of a mine quite so queer as this?

From Good Housekeeping, 1907, volume 45

I looked it up. It was closed for 25 years but new owners bought it and it’s open again.

They have a fb page.

Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge, Volume 60, 1921, a paper read by EDWIN SWIFT BALCH (click to enlarge):
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  1. Barbara
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Interesting! Reminded me of another place I had read about & I just looked it up for you. Thanks so much for all the great posts. I don’t get on FB much for perusing these days, but the Common Room is always one of my first visits when I have the time. Blessings to you and yours! Barbara

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted December 3, 2015 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks! That is interesting. Thanks for the link.

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