An Unexpected History Is Hiding Underground In This Mine In Wisconsin
By Ben Jones|Published August 31, 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.
Unless you happen to see the giant “M” as you drive into town, you might not be aware of Platteville’s rich mining history. In the 1800s, lead miners settled this area and helped built a new state. While the mining industry has largely disappeared here, if you head underground, this fascinating history is waiting to be discovered. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museum will take you into the depths of a mine and you can see exactly what life was like for these hardworking miners. It’s a dark and amazing journey – here’s why.
The tour is informative – you’ll learn how the ore was transported to the surface and all about lead and zinc mining. Back above ground, kids can hop aboard a 1931 mine train and enjoy a trip around the complex. Before leaving town, you may want to visit that giant M you may have passed on the way in – it’s a hike with an incredible view.
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