One Of Largest Man-Made Caverns In World Is In Missouri. Let’s Go!
I like to think that I am one of those people who is up for anything. I am willing to try anything once. A chance to go scuba diving and check out one of the largest man-made caverns in the world? And it is in Missouri? Oh, count me in! What can I tell you about The Mine at Bonne Terre aka The Bonne Terre Mine?
Founded in 1860, the mine is home to the largest fresh water scuba diving venue in the world. It is owned and operated by West End Diving. Bonne Terre Mine is one of the most exquisite man-made wonders in the US. This amazing phenomenon was opened to the public in the early 1980’s. Beautifully preserved by time, guests are transported back to the early 1900’s as they descend the 65 steps into the heart of the Mine.
The Mine was part of the Southeast Missouri District that produced 70% of the United States lead at one point. This historic mine in Missouri was one of the earliest deep-earth lead mines anywhere. It is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.
Several years of research, exploring, planning and careful preparation culminated in Bonne Terre Mine’s unique experience for divers and non-divers alike. Breathtaking views thrill participants of all ages and provide an unforgettable experience.
The train depot is still standing and much of the Bonne Terre mining history has been preserved. If you ever want to explore this mine, you can make a big event of it by staying at their bed & breakfast. There are historic train cars suites you can stay in as well. You can click HERE for lodging information.
If you check out the Mine, there are options for scuba diving, or you can take a walking or boating tour. The walking tour will be about 45 minutes to an hour and the boat tour will last a little longer.
If you ever do the scuba diving option, the lower portion of the mines form a 1 billion gallon lake, and you are able to explore the abandoned remnants. If you have a diving certification, this is a must. National Geographic named it one of the Top Ten Diving Resorts. You can click HERE for that article. You can also click HERE for the website to the Mine, and get more info. The TODAY show talked about this place several years ago and you can check out that video below.
And Visit MO did a video about it too. Watch that one below.
This is definitely and adventure that looks like it could be a once in a lifetime experience and it is here in Missouri. Have you been? Bet you might want to go now. It is opened year round. Their Facebook page link is HERE. If you go, take a lot of pictures. Have fun!