ANTHRACITE'S LONGEST OPERATING MINE TOUR!!
WELCOMING VISTORS SINCE 1962
ASHLAND, PA. 17921
"Historic preservation plays a vital role in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing a multitude of benefits for Pennsylvania and its residents."(The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Activities in Pennsylvania: Executive Summary, PHMC 2011). Distinct geographic areas compose the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor. These areas are also referred to as "reaches". The "Anthracite Reach" is classified as an "Industrial Reach" of the Heritage Corridor which begins in Philadelphia. The Mahanoy Valley and the Route 54 Corridor are noted as areas of special interest, specifically the Pioneer Tunnel historic attraction located in the borough of Ashland (ExplorePAHistory.com, WITF, Inc., 2023). Pioneer Tunnel appears on the Schuylkill River Greenways "Places to Visit" within the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. A National Heritage Area is designated by Congress for its unique nationally significant qualities and resources.
The Pioneer Tunnel has been operating as a historical attraction for over 61 years.
It is estimated that over 20,000 people tour Pioneer Tunnel and over 13,000 ride the steam locomotive annually.
The Pioneer Tunnel is recognized as a historical attraction located within the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. A National heritage Area is designated by Congress for its unique nationally significant qualities and resources.
Pioneer Tunnel is the only fully restored underground mine portal and historical tour in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
The Pioneer Tunnel earned a 4.5 star review on Tripadvisor.
The Pioneer Tunnel is featured on Discover NEPA's and Roadside America websites.
It is the mission of Ashland Community Enterprises to preserve the lore, traditions, and artifacts of the underground coal mining industry.