Explore An Old Lead Mine 50 Feet Below The Surface And Ride This Zinc Train In Wisconsin

Before the gold rush in the United States, people flooded into southwest Wisconsin to dig for a different type of fortune. Miners extracted huge amounts of lead and zinc from the ground, an enterprise that led to the founding of some of Wisconsin’s oldest cities. While the mining boom is long over, many of these old Wisconsin mining towns remain, and there’s a spot where you can not only explore one of these mines, but also ride a historic zinc mining train. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums complex is a fascinating historic place that’s worth making the drive to Platteville, Wisconsin, to discover. Here’s why.

Tickets are available now for the tour season, which begins each year in May. Other special events are held by the museum year round. Learn more on the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums website. While you’re in town, there’s a lot more to explore – the city is an ideal day trip.

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Address: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, 405 E Main St, Platteville, WI 53818, USA