The tour starts with a 5 minute introduction followed by a 10 minute video about the mine's history. We picked up our hard hats and headed for the cage for the ride to the bottom of the mine 2,300 feet below the surface. Our guide gave us a short safety lesson before loading us into ore cars that had been converted to carry passengers. The train ride was 3/4 of a mile to the end of the mine drift. We then climbed a spiral staircase to where mining was being done when the mine ceased operation in December 1962. The next 45 minutes was spent showing us how hard rock iron mining was done from 1882 until 1962. It is very difficult to describe the working condition in the mine without actually being in a mine. It never occurred to me that you could not have electricity in an iron mine because the iron ore is so rich that the ore will conduct electricity. Our guide was so enthusiastic that it was almost disappointing to get back on the train for the ride to the cage. As we returned to the surface another cage was going down carrying the next tour.
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