Environment & Energy
3:30 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Coudersport Ice Mine Back in Business Naturally

The Buchsens found Ice Mine memorabilia as they restored the site. This vintage sign now hangs in the gift shop. Kara Holsopple
The Buchsens found Ice Mine memorabilia as they restored the site. This vintage sign now hangs in the gift shop. Kara Holsopple
Credit Kara Holsopple / The Allegheny Front

On Ice Mountain, part of the Appalachians in North Central Pennsylvania, at the top of Ice Mine Road, $4 will get you one admission into something a little different from the campsites and hiking trails around here.

A lot of folklore is attached to the Coudersport Ice Mine, including the rumor it’s man-made. That’s because some people, even people who live here, can’t believe that ice inside the ice mine only forms here during the summertime. 

The site has been closed longer than he’s been alive, but it’s just reopened under new management. McManus says he couldn’t wait to work here.  He unlocks a weathered door with a shiny new set of keys to lead visitors to the shaft.

Read the entire story and see more pictures at the website of our partner The Allegheny Front.