Stay & Investigate in Lehigh Valley – No. 9 Mine
July 19th, 2011 posted by Mike Keller
This past Wednesday I took a driving tour of places in the area that will be featured in our newest deal for visitors called “Stay & Investigate”. With the long history of inhabitants in Lehigh Valley, there’s bound to be a few accounts of paranormal and haunted activity in some of these buildings (many of which date back to the 18th century).
A few locations in particular caught my attention; the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe and the No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford. Unfortunately, the Old Jail Museum is closed on Wednesdays but I still got a few nice photos of the exterior and got to visit the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe. Upon leaving, I headed west to the No. 9 Mine to get there in time for the last tour.
I met with Dave Kuchta, the president of the No. 9 Mine, and he told me a few stories about the oldest continuously operating coal mine in the world. Dave was kind enough to escort me to the front row of the mine car where they were conducting the tours.
When it comes to this paranormal stuff I can be a bit of a skeptic, but one location in the mine literally made me shiver. We stopped by the “Hospital” and it was noticeably colder than the other areas, which normally remain a constant 52-54 degrees year-round. But while standing near the hospital, I was freezing cold and covered in goose bumps. When you consider the history of this mine, and the fact that countless miners lost their lives in the deplorable conditions here, it’s easy to imagine that the area would harbor a few unsettled spirits.
If you’re a believer in the paranormal or even if you just want to visit some historic landmarks and hear entertaining stories, stay tuned for our Stay & Investigate tour due to be launched this fall.
Do you have any stories to share of paranormal activity?