This Ride Through An Old Coal Mine In Kentucky Will Take You Back In Time

Coal mining has been a way of life in the rural sections of our state for decades. There are many families that flourished, simply survived, and died by the mine. The rest of us usually don’t get to experience what life is like in an old coal mine in Kentucky. Portal 31 and the Coal Mine Museum have taken great lengths to change that and give us an in-depth look at what life was like for miners, and the trials and tribulations their families endured.

Coal mining was hard work. Many workers died in accidents or from Black Lung.


This amazing portal to the past will take you back in time. You will see things as they were, under much safer conditions than they had back then.


Ride the coal cars while hearing the history of the mine. Enlightened engineers will take you on a ride into the darkness, explaining the way things were and the precautions that have been taken to preserve the area and keep things safe for tourists. This is a great way to get in touch with your ancestors and coal community of Kentucky.

Stepping back in time into an actual coal mine in Kentucky is an amazing experience. Portal 31 and the Coal Mine Museum make for a safe and enlightening journey into a very important part of our state’s history. It is an experience you won’t want to miss.

You can also journey back into the past with these Kentucky coal camp photos from the 1930s.