Explore An Old Lead Mine 60 Feet Below The Surface On This Walking Tour In Wisconsin
By Ben Jones|Published August 24, 2021
Ben Jones is at heart an adventurer who delights in inspiring others. A former reporter and photojournalist, he explored towns large and small as a Wisconsin correspondent for USA Today. He later became a lead photographer and senior copywriter for an award-winning destination marketing agency, before founding Boldland Creative, a company that produces photography, video, and other content for travel destinations. Jones has completed photography and content projects in more than 15 states and when he’s not looking through a camera or at his Macbook you’ll find him exploring the world’s lakes and forests.
A unique attraction in Shullsburg, Wisconsin will take you deep into mining history – about 60 feet, to be exact. The Badger Mine and Museum tells Wisconsin’s rich mining story in a fascinating way: it allows visitors to enter an actual mine that was hand-dug nearly 200 years ago. It’s an experience like no other and the perfect reason to visit this little hamlet in southwest Wisconsin. Here’s what you need to know about the Badger Mine and Museum.
While Wisconsin once produced about half of the nation’s supply of lead, the lead mining era ended as quickly as it began. By the 1840s the easily accessible lead had been mined and more profitable mining opportunities could be found in other states; the California Gold Rush lured a lot of Wisconsin miners west. But miners left a mark on the state that endures, even if you have to go underground to fully appreciate it. Find out more about the Badger Mine and Museum on its website. Before you leave Shullsburg, pay a visit to this weird attraction that will leave you shaking your head.
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