Coudersport, Pennsylvania: Coudersport Ice Mine (Closed)A mysterious freak of nature, where ice forms in the spring and summer and melts in the winter. Reported closed.
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Found this image while going through old family photos. Photo is undated and unnamed. I believe it to be of the concession area of the Coudersport Ice Mine, Coudersport, PA. circa 1950's I tried to get a closer look at what they were selling for concessions [Mounds bars, spearmint gum, other candies].[Randy Brockman, 06/29/2006]
Yes, sadly, the Ice Mine is now defunct. One of my first jobs was at the Ice Mine, in the mid-50's. I would stand in the driveway, and tell folks where to turn around and park. Some loved the bumper-stickers, and others were adamant about not putting one of those "things on my bumper"! I also had other chores, like feeding the raccoons, and cleaning out their cages. I think the pay was about 50-cents/hour. But it was a better job than caddying or trapping muskrats. All I've heard is that logging changed the dynamics of the mine. It's a real shame - what a cool (literally) place.[Bill Boyd, 05/11/2006]
The ice mine is a freak of nature, where ice forms in the spring and summer, and melts in the winter. It was discovered in 1894 by prospector Billy O'Neil. Using divining rods, O'Neil traveled these parts in search of silver...
I was an Ice Mine tour guide as a teenager in Coudersport. I now have four boys and live in North Carolina. Once a year, when we visit the area, I am saddened that I can not take my children to visit what I took for granted as a young person. It was small and some may consider it a bit cheesy, but if you have been there you'll never forget it.[Frank Milchuck, 01/14/2006]
I visited the Ice Mine back in the 1950s -- seeing all the billboards was too big a draw for our family. It always remained a highlight, to the point I convinced myself it was a cave we could walk into. In 2000 or so my wife and I went east. A stop at the police department led us to a tavern in town where I met the daughter of the former owner. She told of her and her brother, the current owner, being brought up on the receipts of the Ice Mine. She said her brother had sold the timber rights to the land above the ice mine, and the removal of the trees apparently changed the topography enough that the ice never really formed like it did previously. Armed with directions, we found the cutback road leading to the mine. Although my wife wouldn't go, I wandered up the road, past the "Do Not Enter" signs until I stood in front of the building. The area was surrounded by flea market type stuff under plastic tarps, but the area of the mine next to a huge rock was accessible. I climbed up the left side and looked in, and although this was in August or late july, there were telltale slivers of ice on the walls. Nothing like I remember, but a comforting feeling to know I hadn't dreamed the whole thing up.[larry gavette, 07/10/2005]
We visited the Ice Mine about 30 years ago when my sons were small, and it was quite an attraction at that time. A souvenir shop was located on the property, and the mine itself was enclosed with a door to enter. It was dug because the miner was looking for Indian treasures. In the spring it froze and when it frosted it would also. The principle of a natural heat pump....
Around 2001 my present husband and I stopped at the site. Bill being curious as he is drove up as far as he could go. We walked up and there were tables left set with items that had been put up for sale before the owner became ill and had to abandon it. He told us he had plans for the place, but since that time I do not know what happened.[June Lender, 12/05/2004]
Coudersport Ice Mine (Closed)
- From Coudersport drive east on US 6 for three miles, then turn right (south) on Hwy 3006/Ice Mine Rd.
- Plan to reopen 2014.