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Historic Underground

Iron Ore Mine

In the clear blue waters of Conception Bay, there is Bell Island, a small scenic island with a big history. From 1895 to 1966 almost 80 million tons of Bell Island Ore was sent around the world.

A group touring the number 2 mine


the main shaft extends out under the Atlantic Ocean


 

There is about three and a half billion tons of iron ore over an area of aproximately seventy square miles which extends out to sea. Only ten square miles were mined during its operation.

Miners had to fill many carts during a work day


a model of the mine


 

Miners laboured with only candle light to help them, and had to load a full ore cart containing 1.8 tons every hour for only twelve and a half cents.

horses used to work this mine


many people enjoy venturing deep into the mine


 

This early underground mine used horses to help pull ore cars to the surface.

iron ore is a heavy red rock


underground lunch room


 

The horse miners were well attended to, and lived in stables that were underground. Some horses worked the mine for 16 years and retired to grazing the meadows of Bell Island.

Have a free piece of Bell Island Iron ore for a souvenier


a variety of rocks local to the area


 

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Historic Underground Mine Tours and Museum

 

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