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Soudan Underground Mine State Park

1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
+1 218-300-7000
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Underground coal mining!!! This tour was as top shelf as it gets. The guides were well prepared... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Owatonna, MN
Awesome deep mine

Visiting from the UK, this was my first visit to a mine so deep, half a mile, with a mine cart... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Minnesota's first iron ore mine-the Soudan Mine-opened in 1882. Operations went underground by 1892 since the ore body continued deep into the ground. The mine's value was in the special kind of ore it produced. The ore's high oxygen content was used to make high-quality steel in open-hearth furnaces. When technology changed, the ore from the mine was no longer needed. Low-cost ores of the Mesabi Range took over, and Soudan Mine closed in 1962. Today, you can travel 1/2 mile underground and ride a train car back to last area that the miners worked.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
+1 218-300-7000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Underground coal mining!!! This tour was as top shelf as it gets. The guides were well prepared and went over everything we needed to know before riding down into the mine. A half mile deep and we ended up on level 27 before riding on...More

Thank LuvToTravel0899
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visiting from the UK, this was my first visit to a mine so deep, half a mile, with a mine cart train journey to where the workings start on the 27th level. I was amazed to find that the rock is so dense that the...More

Thank Satravelforlife
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Soudan Underground Mine State Park is a can't miss destination if you are anywhere nearby. This is one of the deepest mines anywhere in the world and has a rich history for the state of MN. For decades it also housed a physics particle...More

Thank CBMinnesota
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My nephew and I were the only two on the final tour of the day. We were met by Karel, our guide, who, with his background as an immigrant and retired miner, provided us with a rich tour of great information. The quarters are tight...More

Thank Pamela S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting tour- we learned a lot about mining in one of the riches iron ore mines in the USA. Neat experience going down over 2500 feet into the earth. Wear a sweatshirt it is 52 degrees down there!

Thank BikergirlzRock
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been on the underground tour several time and always learn something new. They have been good stewards of this historical place. While the mine may bring you in, my favorite part about this state park is the hiking trails and views of Lake...More

Thank Victoria R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was very informative and a cool experience. You ride down in a actually cage, 1/2 mile below the surface. Very safe and very mind blowing when you think you are under the ground that far.

Thank Juanita H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time in the mine, I had more fun and more information. Than the last time. I bought my son along, to show him what mining is about and how engineering was used in mining. Pete was a great guide and moved...More

Thank bsnsmn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the mine with my 15 year old daughter and her two friends. Guess what, the phones don't work a half mile underground, perfect. This is a really interesting and informative tour. Our guide, Reed, was super knowledgeable and very tall :) There is...More

Thank Jeff V
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We had a great tour of the underground mine. Even as a person who is not thrilled about tight spaces and "rides" it was a fun and worth while experience. You will travel down a mine shaft in a small "elevator" and then ride a...More

Thank Ruth H
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Erin W
10 July 2017|
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Response from Ruth H | Reviewed this property |
Well; I'd say if you don't like the idea of being trapped somewhere this would not be ideal. The underground areas are large and you don't feel claustrophobic but you are underground. The elevator ride is the tightest... More
Laura A
20 December 2015|
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Response from PoliticalTraveler | Reviewed this property |
It was a special high oxygen content iron ore that was mined here. Once furnace technology changed in the 1950's this eventually made the mine obsolete. You could then do open pit mining for cheaper lower oxygen content... More