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Soudan Underground Mine State Park

1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
+1 218-300-7000
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One of the best Minnesota State Parks

The Soudan Underground State Park was established on the Soudan Mine property after it was closed... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
rockyjoe
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
mining trip

Our daughter is a geologist and wanted us to do a family trip to the Iron Range and for golfing for... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
JMD1958
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Minnesota
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Minnesota's first iron ore mine-the Soudan Mine-opened in 1882. Operations went underground by 1892 since the ore body continued deep into the ground. The mine's value was in the special kind of ore it produced. The ore's high oxygen content was used to make high-quality steel in open-hearth furnaces. When technology changed, the ore from the mine was no longer needed. Low-cost ores of the Mesabi Range took over, and Soudan Mine closed in 1962. Today, you can travel 1/2 mile underground and ride a train car back to last area that the miners worked.
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“elevator ride” (21 reviews)
“half mile” (13 reviews)
“mine shaft” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
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1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
+1 218-300-7000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Soudan Underground State Park was established on the Soudan Mine property after it was closed down by US Steel. The mine was closed in 1965 and was donated to the State of Minnesota. This is Minnesota’s oldest, deepest and richest iron mine. The Park...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Our daughter is a geologist and wanted us to do a family trip to the Iron Range and for golfing for our 40th wedding anniversary. The main reason for this trip was to see the Soudan Mine. Totally amazing. Was kind of scary thinking about...More

Thank JMD1958
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Hello JMD1958, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the mine. Sounds like a great 40th wedding anniversary trip. I hope you had an opportunity to see the Banded Iron Formation while you were at the park. It is a favorite...More

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I'll admit I was nervous knowing I'd be traveling so far underground. I was relieved that they eased my mind talking about how safe it really is. The elevator ride itself is an amazing experience. It is quite the experience being 1/2 mile below the...More

Thank tothemorning
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hello tothemorning, I am pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed their experience. We do believe this tour is a great adventure for all ages. I am glad that you were able to pick up that tidbit about how not all mines were the same. That...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area you need to come to the Soudan mine and experience what it was like literally. The views are spectacular. We were there at the peak of colors and laughed because this was the best view we saw. If you...More

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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hello Janet, I am always amazed when I go underground and think back to the early years underground. The early miners definitely knew a thing or two about mining and their process sure made this mine a success. We do feel that the mine is...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

We went when the UM experimental lab was still functioning and now that it is closed we went again to concentrate more on the mining aspect, staff is very knowledgeable and fun. It is hard to get a perspective of what life must have been...More

Thank viking226
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hello Viking226, Thanks for the suggestion. We are always looking for ideas on how to share the life of the miner, as it was a hard life, but one that they were very proud of. We do attempt through the video, the experience underground, and...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

Travel 1/2mile into the earth via an elevator, then ride the tram to explore the mine, and learn about a miner's typical day. The docents are excellent, so your 1&1/2hr tour is over in a snap. What a ride - literally and figuratively!More

Thank Patricia B
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Patricia, I am glad that you enjoyed your trip. Our guides do work hard to provide a memorable experience for our visitors, so I am happy to see that we succeeded in that. It is amazing how quickly the time goes when you are...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017

5 adults and two small children went on this tour and had a great time. The elevator down 2,300 feet was the first interesting part and the underground train and tour was excellent. I highly recommend going on this tour.More

Thank Gary R
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Hello Gary, I am glad that your group had a great time on the tour. We do consider the Soudan Mine a hidden gem of Minnesota, so we appreciate the comments. I would have to say the tours get better with each additional visit, as...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We had the opportunity to go on the tour with the guide by the name Karel. He was a native Dutchmen that was retired from the mining industry. His knowledge of the Soudan Mine was exceptional as well as any other question about the industry....More

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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Hello Keith, I am glad that we were the highlight for your vacation. Our guides take pride in their tours and they do extensive research to learn about all mining aspects, as it helps with their tours. I am glad that is paid off with...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

This tour was really cool! They take you 1/2 mile down into the earth on the elevator used by the miners (some safety features added - like doors) and then you ride mine cars another 3/4 mile back into the mine). They show you what...More

Thank Allison H
Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Hello Allison, I am glad that you enjoyed your tour. The guides try real hard to show what the conditions were like when the miners were still mining. It definitely makes me appreciate the safety features that have been added since the mining ended --...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

I was staying at the Fortune Bay resort when a fellow Jacuzzi person I met told me they were going to the Soudan Mine tour just 15 minutes away. My wife and I decided to go and were very glad we did. For just $12.00...More

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Soudan_Mine, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Hello Travel_Man_Stan, I am glad that you and your wife decided to join the tour. Your recommendations on clothing is very helpful for those first timers, as it is cool underground (51 degrees F) and there is loose rock, so closed-toe shoes are preferred. It...More

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Erin W
10 July 2017|
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Response from Soudan_Mine | Property representative |
Hello Erin, it really depends on your level of discomfort. Are you okay with going in a full elevator? If you are, then this tour should be fine. When people have issues on the tour it is the cage ride that causes them... More
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Laura A
20 December 2015|
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Response from PoliticalTraveler | Reviewed this property |
It was a special high oxygen content iron ore that was mined here. Once furnace technology changed in the 1950's this eventually made the mine obsolete. You could then do open pit mining for cheaper lower oxygen content... More
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