Most People Don’t Know There Used To Be A Chalk Mine Hiding In Nebraska

Mining has an important place in American history, but Nebraska has never been a rich source of coal or other mined resources. We did, however, have one unusual mine, and you can still visit what remains of it today.

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Visit Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mine on Highway 11, just south of Scotia in Greeley County. You can visit the grounds to hike and picnic for free. If you would like to tour the mine, admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Special rates are available for groups. The mine is open for tours Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, but you can schedule an off-season tour by calling 308-245-3276.

Nebraska’s natural history is fascinating in so many ways. For another ancient natural wonder, check out these bizarre formations in the panhandle.