Cooling off at the coal mine


ASHLAND, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Movie theaters and shopping malls are popular places to beat the heat, but have you ever thought to cool off inside a coal mine?

Tuesday afternoon the thermometer was sitting at a scorching 91 degrees in Ashland, but there’s at least one place here where the hot weather has never been a problem.

The temperature inside Pioneer Tunnel averages 52 degrees because it’s about 400-feet underground.

Tour guides at the popular attraction are taking advantage of the heat wave, posting a reminder on Facebook about the unique way to stay cool and get a history lesson.

“It does quite well educating the people of the area of the different aspects of anthracite coal mining,” said Tour Guide Joe Kehoe.

Mine tours at Pioneer Tunnel are scheduled five times a day through Labor Day.  Click here for ticket information.

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