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Portal 31

number 1 portal 31 circle, Lynch, KY 40855-0727
606 848-3131
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Exploring an old coal mine sounds interesting, but this is a hard to explain site. The "tour" takes... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
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From the moment I walked in the door of the place I was told to hurry up that I was late and that I... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
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number 1 portal 31 circle, Lynch, KY 40855-0727
606 848-3131
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Exploring an old coal mine sounds interesting, but this is a hard to explain site. The "tour" takes you about 150 yards into the mine, stopping 4 or 5 times to listen to recorded miner mannequins highlighted by a small light. The tour seemed to...More

Thank enondoug
Reviewed 5 August 2017

From the moment I walked in the door of the place I was told to hurry up that I was late and that I needed to rush to sign a waiver and then I was met with an attitude when I asked for a restroom,...More

Thank nshwartz10
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Very interesting tour with a lot of rich history. Had no idea the tour would be all automated and done with animatronics. The tour guide was a nice young man who was very knowledgeable on mining and the history area overall. Unbelievable that such a...More

Thank charlesnancysutton
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Portal 31 provides a unique experience as you ride into the mine on the same car miners rode more than a half-century ago. It's an engaging tour that brings this part of our country's history to life. I highly recommend it. A bonus: in the...More

Thank BShirey
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I was hesitant to enter a mine for a half hour tour due to a bit of claustrophobia but this is not in a cramped closed environment. You ride in a rail car on a track but there is plenty of open space around you....More

2  Thank Kygirl56
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We have seen pictures, we have seen movies, we have read about it, but we never enjoyed a tour through a mine highlighting its past from the beginning to the end. The tour takes approx 40 min. It's a constant 52 degree in the mine,...More

1  Thank Stefan B
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Although I wish the tour were longer and went deeper into the mine, it was surprisingly informative and well done. It brings home to you the fact that coal mining was an honorable profession in which good, hard working men tried to support and better...More

5  Thank Crawford B
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We traveled to Lynch to do this tour and to learn more about the history of coal mining in southeastern Kentucky as well as the communities set up to support the industry. First, the people who helped us were very nice. The tour in the...More

3  Thank Nathan7744
Reviewed 15 October 2016

After driving through the picturesque Appalachians, Portal 31 gives you the opportunity to look INSIDE the mountains. You get to go in a minecar through the old tracks in a retired coal mine. The tour itself was rather Epcot-esque (which personally creeped me out) but...More

2  Thank Regibus
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The guide was very informative and was the grandson of the 'narrator' of the tour. You travel into the mine on a mine-rail car and learn about coal mining and union history over the life of the mine. You also see first hand the inside...More

1  Thank stew15
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