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St. John Mine - Potosi, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 42° 41.162 W 090° 42.927
15T E 687159 N 4728480
Quick Description: St. John Mine was originally a natural cave. The Native Americans in the area mined lead out of it. Settlers to the area continued mining the cave. Today the cave is privately owned and visitors can pay to take a guided tour.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 1/18/2009 9:26:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM5KM1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member KG1960
Views: 11

Long Description:
The cave is open 9 AM to 5 PM daily May through October. It is located at 129 S Main St in Potosi, WI. Admission is $5.

From the Travel Wisconsin web site (visit link) :
"St. John Mine, originally a natural cave, was worked by Native Americans before Wisconsin's 1827 "Lead Rush." Willis St. John, first Non-American to work the mine which now bears his name, made a small fortune here between 1828 and 1848. Learn how miners toiled 12-hour days, marvel at stalactites and wonder how men could work in such confinement."
Mine Type: Tourist Mine

Mineral Collecting: No

Material Mined: Non-Precious Metal

Operation: Underground Mine

Surface Features: Yes

There is a steep walk up to the mine entrance.

Any associated website: [Web Link]

Any Other information:
Across the street from the mine is a self-guided tour through the hills and woods where you can find remnants of "Badger Huts".

Visit Instructions:
Optional photograph welcomed.
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