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“Out of the way, but a nice little stop that is worthwhile”

Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Patton
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Owner description: A trip to this coal mine is a trip back through Pennsylvania's history.
Reviewed 26 May 2009

I can't believe no one has written about this attraction before. Granted it is a bit out of the way. And that led us to joke among our family that that is why it is called "Seldom Seen." But it is wonderful and we had a lot of fun there.

It fit in very nicely as we made a weekend loop around Altoona and Johnstown. We also visited the Horseshoe Curve, the Johnstown Flood Museum and the National Memorial, and the Heritage Discovery Center, including the Wagner Ritter House. To top it off, so to speak, we road the Incline to the top of the mountain, where we had a very nice meal before heading back to the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

The mine was pretty special. Then again I love little out of the way tourist spots around Pennsylvania. You put on a hard hat and ride on a tram into what once was a real working coal mine.

Our guide was a retired coal miner who really knew what he was talking about. Not only was he informative, he was very enjoyable, posing with my daughter for a nice photo.

Before heading down to Altoona to see the if the Curve was still there, we had a nice meal at the Miners' Rest, a historic restaurant and landmark in the small town of Patton. I would recommend that for a stop as well.

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