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Written by water-lover on 11 Jan, 2001
The Big Nickel Mine is a former mine which, as they will tell you on the tour, never produced any significant amounts of nickel. The mine was later opened to the public for touring. It is perched on top of a large hill…Read More
The Big Nickel Mine is a former mine which, as they will tell you on the tour, never produced any significant amounts of nickel. The mine was later opened to the public for touring. It is perched on top of a large hill (or short mountain-you decide) and you enter using an elevator, traveling down a few hundred feet down into the earth to the main shaft. Here you tour the relatively small mine, learning how miners construct the tunnels and dig, blast, and remove ore from the surrounding rocks. At one point, the mine actually surfaces at the side of the hill, giving way to a glorious view of the countryside. Then, it's back up to the lobby, where you learn about mining, see how it is done today and how it WAS done then. There are tools, samples, and pictures. There are also displays showing nickel's uses, including, the Nickel. (For those of you who wonder why US and Canadian coins sound different when they fall, there's more to it than the zinc in them - but you'll have to go there and find out - or send me a message if you can't wait.) Our oldest was about 4 when we went and he was fascinated with everything, although it was hard to keep his attention on the tour, as some of the dialog was rather in depth. Close