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Portal 31

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Address: Lynch, KY
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As a native of the area this tour surprised me.

Although I wish the tour were longer and went deeper into the mine, it was surprisingly informative and well done. It brings home to you the fact that coal mining was an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Crawford B
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Middlesboro, Kentucky
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Middlesboro, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Although I wish the tour were longer and went deeper into the mine, it was surprisingly informative and well done. It brings home to you the fact that coal mining was an honorable profession in which good, hard working men tried to support and better the lives of their families and our nation. I've always been proud that Mom's dad... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We traveled to Lynch to do this tour and to learn more about the history of coal mining in southeastern Kentucky as well as the communities set up to support the industry. First, the people who helped us were very nice. The tour in the mine is very interesting and very well done. Our guide lives there and had worked... More 

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

After driving through the picturesque Appalachians, Portal 31 gives you the opportunity to look INSIDE the mountains. You get to go in a minecar through the old tracks in a retired coal mine. The tour itself was rather Epcot-esque (which personally creeped me out) but it was informative and I enjoyed it. It's a short tour. (no walking) However, your... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The guide was very informative and was the grandson of the 'narrator' of the tour. You travel into the mine on a mine-rail car and learn about coal mining and union history over the life of the mine. You also see first hand the inside of a mine.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We drove through the Cumberland Gap to Lynch for the Coal Mine Tour. Very interesting to see the vein of coal. Our guide let us mine a huge chunk of coal to take home! Worth the drive!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The picture you keep in your mind's eye of a coal mine may be misleading. My wife and I drove over from Cumberland Falls while camping to tour the mine. It was a long scenic drive and very enjoyable. The people at the mine were very friendly and accommodating. You ride in a converted coal car pulled by a real... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I think this is a must see- for visitors and locals alike. The entire tour into the mines is well thought out and the stops with history and stories are wonderful. We have family that used to work in this particular mine and it was eye opening to see what they did. The vast sections (or tunnels if you will)... More 

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Dodge City, Kansas, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I arrived ten minutes BEFORE the first tour. "Host" told me the tour had ALREADY STARTED!!. Then he said they would be out in "about "thirty minutes." Told me to look at the exhibit outside the portal as that would take about 20-30 minutes. This was a total lie, there wasn't much to there. I waited for nearly an hour... More 

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Olive Hill, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

If you ever wanted to see the inside of a coal mine, this is your chance. We had a great visit, the folks working here are very friendly and helpful. The mine is very interesting with animatronics and life like displays. They really bring history to life, taking you from the start of the mine in 1917 (I think) all... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We were in Benham and Lynch the weekend of July 16th. My grandfather worked in the Lynch coal mines in the 1940's so it was somewhat of an emotional journey. I grew up in nearby Letcher County, so the mountains are home to me. We reserved the date and time for the mine tour about 2 weeks ahead of the... More 

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