Lynch, Kentucky: Portal 31 - Animatronic Mine Tour

A train ride through a real coal mine, with sound and light effects, animatronic miners, and a robot mule. Groups ride rail cars, wearing plastic safety helmets, often in pitch blackness. Mine accident memorial outside. In the 1940s, Lynch was the largest coal company town in the world.
Address:
W. Main St., Lynch, KY
Directions:
On the north side of W. Main St./Hwy 160 at the intersection of Church St.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 10 am - 5 pm; closed in winter. (Call to verify)
Phone:
606-848-1530
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Stopped by during a trip to Kentucky. The tour guide was very informative and it was great to see the different time periods of mining through the displays in the Portal 31 exhibition mine.

[C. Plaisance, 08/05/2017]
Portal #31 Underground Mine Tour and Lamphouse Museum

The Portal No. 31 Underground Mine Tour is a new offering; supposedly it opened in late 2006. Lynch was once the world's largest coal camp, and this is touted as "Kentucky's First Exhibition Coal Mine." Groups are transported through the Portal #31 coal mine by rail car, wearing plastic safety helmets "as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour."

According to the attraction's web site: "Outside Portal #31 stands a black granite monument in tribute to long time president of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis and a memorial to U.S. Steel District #1 miners who died in mining accidents. The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system."

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/22/2007]

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