Lynch, Kentucky: Portal 31: Dark Ride Mine Tour

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Address:
100 Church St., Lynch, KY
Directions:
US-119 to Cumberland. Exit at milepost 35, then at the bottom of the ramp turn left onto KY-160, toward Benham and Lynch. Drive 3.5 miles. Just past the overhead coal conveyor, you'll see the Portal 31 entrance on the left.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 9:30-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
606-848-3131
Admission:
Adults $17.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Portal 31.

Portal 31: Dark Ride Mine Tour

A train ride through a real coal mine, with sound and light effects, animatronic miners, and a robot mule. Tourists ride rail cars, often in pitch blackness.

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Portal 31.

Portal 31

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Black Coal Miner MemorialBlack Coal Miner Memorial, Lynch, KY - < 1 mi.
Stone Face RockStone Face Rock, Pennington Gap, VA - 15 mi.
Natural Tunnel State ParkNatural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, VA - 21 mi.
In the region:
Octavia Hatcher: Buried Alive?, Pikeville, KY - 42 mi.

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